Awkward At Times But 'Child 44' Can Hold Audiences' Attention

April 17, 2015 9:03 AM

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You know, I once met the author Tom Rob Smith in Moscow. We were looking at the old KGB headquarters known as Lubyanka. Smith had written a terrifying book called "Child 44" that's set in Soviet times. Lubyanka was in the book, and Tom Rob Smith read his creepy words as we stood there. There was no chance you could be found innocent inside these walls, he said. Smith had thoroughly researched Moscow and Soviet times, and his book became a best-seller. Now, whether Smith's magic could be re-created on the big screen was always a question. Well, seven years after the book, the movie "Child 44" is here, and film critic Kenneth Turan has a review.

KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Child 44" is involving despite itself. This police tale, starring Tom Hardy, is awkward at times, but it musters enough punch to hold our interest. The key is the film's unusual setting - the Soviet Union during the last days of a dictator, Joseph Stalin. It was Stalin who de...

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