HOW DO YOU FIND A KILLER WHO DOESN’T EXIST?
Moscow, 1953; as state security agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) realizes that a man killing children is on the loose, he and his wife (Noomi Rapace) find themselves exiled… The novel, which combined an Andrei Chikatilo-inspired serial killer story with a portrait of people who are trying to work and survive in a Stalinist society, was a terrific page-turner. This adaptation kills all the tension, not least because of its dirty, muddy look and inability to make us care about the leading characters. It doesn’t help that the international cast speak with awkward Russian accents.
2015-U.S.-Britain-Czech Republic-Russia. 137 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Daniel Espinosa. Screenplay: Richard Price. Novel: Tom Rob Smith. Cast: Tom Hardy (Leo Demidov), Noomi Rapace (Raisa Demidova), Joel Kinnaman (Vasili Nikitin), Gary Oldman, Vincent Cassel, Jason Clarke… Paddy Considine, Fares Fares, Charles Dance.
Trivia: Co-produced by Ridley Scott. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christian Bale were allegedly considered for roles.