I’m not quite sure why Child 44 has only recently hit my radar. Okay, the adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s novel is nearing its release (14 April) but I don’t know how a film with such a killer cast didn’t pique my interest before now (it’s also produced by Ridley Scott). That was an oversight but it has been corrected. No harm done. Right?
Here’s the official synopsis:
When he uncovers evidence of a serial killer, Leo must work against the all-powerful Soviet government – who deny the existence of any crime in their twisted idea of ‘paradise’ – to track him down before he strikes again. But how do you find a killer when crime does not exist?
Testing Leo’s loyalty, the State accuses his wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace) of being a traitor, but Leo refuses to arrest her and they are exiled from Moscow. Having lost his status and power, Leo must find redemption by working with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to find the murderer and stop him once and for all, no matter what shocking truth he uncovers.
Child 44 opens on 14 April 2015