Just to counter the ones who downvoted out of pure grief. (by omnitek-94362)
I'd say amusement-wise this movie is worth 7.5 out of 10. The story holds his own and apart from the accents that might perhaps now and then throw of some authentic feel the movie is certainly enjoyable.Since the book in itself is superb, and by no means historically 100% accurate as the writer Tom Rob Smith also wrote in the last pages of the book, so no need for anyone to get their panties in a twist.Of course the same goes for me, so I will try to be as little judgmental as possible. That Stalin is responsible for the deaths of millions of Russians, is still today for many Russians a <more>
form of western propaganda.Having had a Russian girlfriend a couple of years ago at her hometown somewhere in Russia It's precise town is irrelevant me, a few friends of mine and her sister were having a drink and a laugh in her apartment.At some point we all had to name a historic person who was important to our country and someone we saw as role model, hero or whatever.When my girlfriend's 19 year old sister named Stalin I first assumed she began to develop a sense of sarcasm and I laughed at what I expected to be a joke. This infuriated her and so the game was suddenly over. Any arguments made in my defense by me and my friends mentioning some of Stalin's gruesome crimes committed upon his own people were received as US propaganda/Western lies.What some people also here fail to realize is that this is no Hollywood propaganda. The sequel of the book is called Kolyma, are those gulag camps western propaganda also? For the purpose of exaggeration: I wonder if Nazi Germany had not been defeated during world war 2, would we see many people here at IMDb in a post-NAZI Germany 70+ years later commenting on movies like Schindler's List or The Grey Zone, only to paint them with the same brush of Western propaganda?For some: please don't watch this movie if you have font memories of the Soviet Era.For everyone else: It's a nice flick with a great cast, go watch it!
Do a great film justice & pay to watch it! (by matttrose)
Excellent, excellent film. How "Furious 7" received such great reviews and this film did not is beyond me. Definitely pay to watch it. Do a great film justice and don't let it die with Furious pissing on its grave.44 Child makes you actually feel as if you were transported back to soviet Russia and gives you the feeling of helpless in an unjust government. It was banned from Russia for a reason. Tom Hardy gives an excellent performance and you find yourself feeling sympathy yet cheering for the success of this man who appears emotionless towards acts of monstrous brutalities and <more>
Good film, great acting from the two leads, what more can you ask for. It's not a great book to film adaptation but if you forget the book it's worth a watch. I've seen a lot of criticism on the political and historical accuracy, it's a film not a documentary you wouldn't say gladiator isn't good because it's not accurate it's not meant to be it's purely fiction with the exception of the fact it's based on a serial killer from the same country. Summing up it's a good watch for those who like thrillers and tom hardy. The film itself is probably a <more>
7/10 but tom hardy and noomi rapice were so convincing as the leads that I upped it to a 10. I was disappointed we didn't see much of Gary oldman as he is also one of my favourite actors but the small part he played was played very well. Everyone played there part to make an exciting story with a rather weird ending but oh well it was worth the watch anyway. :
Excellent Film: The reason I go to movies... (by ericvr)
This is an excellent film. I go to movies all the time and this is one of those that you say to yourself, "That was a great movie!" BTW - not connected to movie at all Why go see it? - Great acting Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace They have intricate twists in their character - Deep. thought-out believable characters - Unpredictable and believable storyline - An unfolding Thriller / with high stakes - A romantic connection with real world depth - Engrossing movie world. brought me into the story. - Deep "all-at-stake" movie that was actually also a <more>
"FEEL-GOOD" movie.Ignore the "history buffs" critics and go see it. You'll love it! Intense! 9 out of 10
O boy!!! Wow what a movie... if you're movie lover you better watch this movie.. Wonderful acting as you'll feel they are real characters.. i know the title sounds little weird but you wont regret after watching the movie.. and ya its not a typical war movie or a drama thriller.. it has almost everything and you'll feel love struggle tragic and a message.. believe me its not a 6 rating movie its more of a 8+ or 9 rating movie..Tom Hardy has done justice so as Noomi Rapace.. Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke played minor roles..It's more like a movie u would love to see when you <more>
want something special to see..compare the variance of tom hardy's acting and his skills of expression with his first scene when he was describing about his love of life how he met his wife with the last scene when he was trying to tell those children that he cant bring their parents back from dead..boy that was something special by tom hardy.. never thought he could have done something like this esp after seen him as bane..conclusion: MUST WATCH
Don't believe everything you read (by pascale-224-447318)
I am somewhat amused to read the negative reviews by people who cannot possibly have seen the film, as it is not showing in their countries. So at least this is a review by someone who has seen the film. I really liked it and would urge people to go and see for themselves, rather than dismissing it because of the bad reviews. It is a dark film, and the locations are grey, but it portrays a Russia of the past. No-one is suggesting this reflects current affairs. Tom Hardy is brilliant, his character is ruthless but compassionate at the same time. His performance is so watchable and carries the <more>
film. Noomi Rapace is also very good. So whilst it is a long film, it never dragged for me at all. The plot works, the accents did not distract. After all in a US film do we worry that the characters have an American accent? So give it a go.
A tough watch but a brilliant job by all concerned (by reallaplaine)
Child 44 isn't the movie you watch for light entertainment. It is gritty and tough, and I found myself feeling a sense of absolute disgust for anyone and anything connected with the old school communist state in the USSR. It really makes you look at just how bad that system was and how monstrous the people were who enforced it on the general populace. Nonetheless, the story is compelling, although sometimes the thread jumps around a bit. Tom Hardy's performance was his best ever. I think he warrants an Academy for it. Noomi Rapace was excellent - very authentic in her role. Child 44 <more>
is a dark thriller - and without giving anything away, the build up and hatred toward the serial killer really sticks you to this movie - you simply want the killer to get the most gruesome death conceivable for what he does. Apart from the Hollywood aspect, this film depicts reality. This is how life existed under Communism and I think that message is just as compelling and important as the rest of the story - because it really depicted the terror and the suppression that millions of people lived under in the name of some douche bag's idea of "ideology". May Stalin forever lay dead and remembered for only one thing - he was a murdering asshole. Watch the film folks - I notice that the ratings were low, and I think that is an unfair assessment about the quality of this production.
Truth hurts... so Russian trolls are out in force! (by tanmarsim)
Don't let the Russian trolls dissuade you from watching this movie. The fact that this movie was banned by Putin's censors truth hurts! is in itself a very good reason why you should see it.This is a good portrayal of the grim, awful reality of life under the Stalinist regime and it shows very well what this murderous, totalitarian system that the Russians invented and wanted to spread all over the world was like and what it did to people. It crushed their conscience and the backbone of their humanity. It killed morality and any innate goodness of mankind. It created a <more>
Homo-Sovieticus who is still alive and kicking in today's Russia. And yet, no matter how much suffering and how many victims this monstrous system created, there are still communism apologists in today's Russia and elsewhere in the loony left western media world that just can't accept the simple truth that communism was as bad as Nazism. That's why they don't want you to see this movie, that's why they will tell you it's rubbish not worth seeing. Don't listen to them, just go and see this movie and decide for yourself.
People, don't listen to idiotic comments. It's quite good movie. (by martinstasinski)
Firstly, as I said don't be fooled by negative opinions. I will tell you about it later. Movie is good. It has interesting, engrossing story and is well played. Tom Hardy is as good as he always is. It was pleasure to watch him portraying Leo Demidov. The same the others. Well done! However, in my opinion the murderer identity was revealed to quickly. There are some other imperfections but on the whole it is this kind of film that you can spend you money and time one without regret.Now, about negative opinions. You may hear and read that the movie is US anti-Russian propaganda, lie etc. I <more>
suggest you to not listen it . In most of the cases these opinions are written by Russians who are brainwashed by communist/bolshevik/putinazi propaganda and THIS is the real propaganda. Of course, this is not historical movie, it's only a thriller, a criminal drama with fictitious characters but it can give you a glimpse into what USSR was under the rule of bolsheviks and Stalin himself. It was a country where fingering and distrust were almost a normal state. You could be denounced by your wife/husband, brother or son and be sentenced years in GULAG or be killed as an "enemy of the state" just for telling jokes about Stalin or expressing loudly your negative opinion about the party ideology or the country. This is true. I studied in Moscow, I have visited Russia many times and for ten years I have lived in one of the former USSR country in Central Asia. I met people many of whom are descendants of exiled "enemies of the state". Some of them, now in the age of 90, still remember that horrible time. I have heard a lot of stories, sad stories about late 30s, 40s under Stalin's regime. Remember, communists in USSR made a boy who denounced his father to the political police a hero and role model for all young people and children. Now Russian are trying to excuse and justify an oppressive system built on terror by murderer Lenin and his followers. Bolsheviks to keep the power, which was taken by force, killed millions of Russians and rest of them kept in fear but Russians still honor Lenin in his mausoleum in the heart of Moscow. Probably most of the negative reviewers haven't even watched this movie, they just follow the same pattern as was used in case of Solzhenitsyn's books: "I haven't read Solzhenitsyn but I reckon that ..." blah, blah, blah about how bad is he and his books . Don't be deluded by them.