Soviet paranoia colors search for killer in 'Child 44'

April 16, 2015 1:49 PM

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Soviet paranoia colors search for killer in 'Child 44'

More interesting than the oppressive political regime in 1953 Soviet Russia, or the tale of a depraved child killer, is the crisis of conscience of top-level Stalinist secret police agent Leo Demidov, played masterfully by Tom Hardy.

Unfortunately, Leo is the only well-developed character in a handsomely mounted but tedious drama with an impressive international cast (**½ out of four; rated R; opens Friday nationwide).

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