It is quite hard to value a movie on serial murders; it is usually ended in more drama and talk than in action. And Child 44 deals with that fact.
The movie begins by Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), a Ministry of State Security (MGB) Agent and war hero during Stalin’s administration in early 1950s, encounters a brutal series of child murders. As the country doctrine’s suggests that it is only capitalism that creates such murders, Leo can do nothing but moving to Volk with his wife.
In the city, Leo discovers the same murders. High in number, his wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), eventually wants to help him investigating the case after trying to abandon him before. What they do first is to convince General Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to investigate the deaths as serial murder.
Want to discover the truth, both husband and wife leave for Moscow. However, Leo’s enemy, Vassili, doesn’t stay still. He manages to caught Leo and Raisa, and put them on a train to a work camp. They do the escape by jumping off the train and manage to identify and corner the killer. It should be a successful until Vassili, who follows both, kills the killer. Vassili wants to kill them also, but Leo seems to be better than him.
The movie resembles Denzel’s Bone Collector. It is political intrigue and the atmosphere of 1950s that make it quite different. Still, it is recommended to see the movie.