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Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Couple Of Average Joe's - Child 44 - Movie Review Podcast

Child 44 is Hardy's newest film that proves what I've been saying about him. Even when this film is lacking, he gives it his best. His commanding presence is what kept me from falling asleep at times. This film has a great premise that has rarely been seen in American cinema, which is of delving into Stalin era Russia during the 1950's. The problem is that in spite of its long running time (137 minutes), this film doesn't know how to properly tell the story. And that in and of itself, is a damn shame. The premise of trying to solve a child murderer mystery under the impossibly oppressive Stalin regime, is a fascinating idea to be told. So what went wrong? Well, this film can't properly balance its three main storylines, which are about the Russian justice system's corruption and the blind obedience of its officers, the serial killer, and Hardy's relationship with his wife played by Noomi Rapace (Prometheus). It focuses on the oppression and Hardy's marriage so much, that the selling point of this film (serial killer) is barely a blip on the radar. This film's large cast is also completely wasted, save for Hardy, Rapace, and Joel Kinnaman (Run All Night). Everyone else is relegated to small appearances and/or uninteresting dialogue. Intriguing actors like Gary Oldman (The Professional), Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty), Vincent Cassel (Eastern Promises), Paddy Considine (The World's End), and Charles Dance (Dracula Untold), all fall to this film's lack of substance. To be honest, a lot of Child 44 is boring.
We also talk #SWCA - Star Wars Rogue One, Gareth Edwards, Josh Trank and 20th Century Fox's mishandling of Fantastic 4
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