CHILD 44

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS FILM - DC

Di­rected by Daniel Espinosa. Star­ring Tom Hardy, Gary Old­man, Noomi Ra­pace, Joel Kin­na­man, Paddy Con­si­dine, Ja­son Clarke, Vin­cent Cas­sel, Charles Dance, Tara Fitzger­ald Hugely dis­ap­point­ing, sur­pris­ingly bor­ing adap­ta­tion of Tom Robb Smith’s novel con­cern­ing the hunt for a child mur­derer in Soviet Rus­sia dur­ing the 1950s. The ex­em­plary ac­tors all do what they do: Hardy’s vul­ner­a­ble mas­culin­ity swells at the brim; Old­man needs no sea­son­ing to make the scenery de­li­cious. The gloomy set-dress­ing is suf­fi­ciently dap­pled to sat­isfy An­drei Tarkovsky. But the story is a con­fus­ing bore that leads achingly slowly to a so­lu­tion as per­func­tory as it is im­plau­si­ble. 16 cert, gen re­lease, 137 min

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