Child 44

Summit Entertainment, LLC

There are many reasons to hope that Child 44 does well. First, this period-set drama involving a serial killer looks really good — a well-acted grown-up movie that reminds me of the brilliant, under-seen Red Riding trilogy (and hardly just because it also features Paddy Considine), only this partially true child-murderer story takes place a few decades earlier and in the Soviet Union. Second, it’d be great to see Tom Hardy get a franchise that isn’t based on a comic book (he recently had to drop Suicide Squad anyway) or seems like it’s based on a comic book (Mad Max: Fury Road might as well be), and Child 44 is adapted from the first novel in a trilogy, so there’s a possibility of at least two sequels. In this one, Hardy plays a disgraced member of the military police investigating the death of a friend’s child, which has been declared an accident. It turns out the boy is the 44th victim of a single pedophile (inspired by the real-life Butcher of Rostov), but that’s a controversial (and in fact illegal) claim for him to make in Stalin’s Russia, where murder is considered a capitalist concept and crime in general “doesn’t happen.” He is joined in his pursuit by his wife (Noomi Rapace) and a general (Gary Oldman, reunited with Hardy on their fourth movie together) and encounter a major cover-up along the way.

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Vincent Cassel Wallpaper

It was just a couple days ago when we were complaining about the curious lack of Vincent Cassel in our current movies and then rejoicing as he stepped in for a dropping out Oscar Isaac as the lead of a cult drama called Partisan. Now there’s reason for even more celebration—though once again bittersweet celebration—because it’s being reported by Deadline that yet another talented actor is having to drop out of a movie, and the situation is once again being handled by Cassel stepping in and taking his place. Suddenly we’re up to our elbows in Vincent Cassel. The movie in question is director Daniel Espinosa’s Soviet-era thriller Child 44 and the actor dropping out is Philip Seymour Hoffman. There doesn’t seem to have ever been any official announcement of what role Hoffman was going to be playing in the film, but once you trade out a Philip Seymour Hoffman for a Vincent Cassel, it’s probably safe to start assuming that it’s someone creepy and evil. Especially when you’re talking about a movie about a bunch of dead little kids.

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