Based on the first of a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith and set in the Stalin era of the Soviet Union. The plot is about an idealistic pro-Stalin security officer who decides to investigate a series of child murders in a country where supposedly this sort of crime doesn't exist. The state would not hear of the existence of a child murderer let alone a serial killer. He gets demoted and exiled but decides, with just the help of his wife, to continue pursuing the case. Written by
Most of the uniformed officers and non-commissioned officers have no orders, medals, or ribbons on their uniforms. Since they all appear to have been in their jobs for years, they should have been wearing at least a few of these, especially since most are at the right age to be World War II veterans. See more »
A dark and brooding tale about Soviet Russia circa 1953 with outstanding performances by Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Fares Fares, and Joel Kinnaman. The direction is taut and the production values make you feel as if you are in Russia. Few films have conveyed the despair, depression, and paranoia of this era, yet the film itself is so much more.
Fans of Tom Hardy (and who isn't) will find this film is another in a line of marvelous characters. Fans of Noomi Rapace will find her disappearing into the character while capturing the Russian persona to perfection.
Among my favorite actors - Gary Oldman does a good job but he is only in a few scenes. Charles Dance similarly does a good job, but he has only one brief cameo at the end. And Vincent Cassel is ominous but also has only a few scenes.
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