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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Child 44: Movie Review

By: Lakwatsera Lovers

Thanks to Ayala Malls Cinemas, we had the chance to watch Child 44 last Friday night at Greenbelt My Cinema. We had doubts if the film is good since it is not well received by the critics abroad. But we admire  the talent in it which includes Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and our personal favorite Tom Hardy.

Set in Soviet Russia in 1953, Secret Soviet police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) loses his power when he refused to condemn his wife Raisa (Noomi Rapace) as a traitor. They are exiled from Moscow to Volsk, a dreadful provincial outpost which is under the supervision of General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman.) With a child serial killer on the loose Leo tries to hunt him down even it may put their lives on jeopardy. It is a very hard task since nobody wants to cooperate and his rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman) will do anything to make Leo's life miserable. 

Child 44 really got a lot of support from its stellar cast. Without them the lengthy run-time will be a major factor in sustaining the momentum of the entire film. Tom Hardy is always at his best as he provides a compelling performance throughout. Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman manage to bring a lot on their roles while Jason Clarke,Vincent Cassel, Paddy Considine and Joel Kinnaman rounds it up a great supporting cast.

The story is compelling even it tries hard to weave all the interesting stuff in one place. The tension is built around it, especially in the latter part of the film. It may feel a bit rushed, and undeveloped but Director Daniel Espinosa still sends the film on a steady pace and ends it on a high note. 

Overall, Child 44 is a gripping thriller. It gets better as it goes on and complimented by a mesmerizing performance by Tom Hardy. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars

Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman

Directed by: Daniel Espinosa
Distributed by: Pioneer Films
Opens April 29 exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas

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More Dinosaur Chaos in New “JURASSIC WORLD” Trailer

Universal Pictures has just revealed the second trailer of “Jurassic World” which may be viewed below: 

Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, “Jurassic World.” Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

The movie takes place 22 years after the horrific events of the original “Jurassic Park” and is set on a fully functional park on Isla Nublar.

Chris Pratt (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) leads the cast which includes Bryce Dallas Howard (“Spider-Man 3”), Nick Robinson (HBO's “Boardwalk Empire”) and Ty Simpkins (the kid in last year's “Iron Man 3”).

The film also stars Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapku and Andy Buckley.

  Opening across the Philippines on June 10, 2015 in 3D, “Jurassic World” will be distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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Creating A New Horror Genre With “UNFRIENDED”

A new genre in the world of horror has a fascinating origin...

Producer Timur Bekmambetov’s (“Wanted”) penchant for innovative, intelligent and sophisticated filmmaking elevates the horror genre to an unexpected level with Universal Pictures’ “Unfriended.” A filmmaker who splits his time between the U.S. and Russia, running companies in both countries, Bekmambetov is almost always on his computer, which is how the idea for “Unfriended” came to life. For 15 years, the thought kept coming up: “Somebody’s got to make a movie about the part of our lives we spend digitally connected.”

Bekmambetov elaborates: “Over the years, I’ve shared this idea with many filmmakers, trying to find someone to help me make this movie. I was shared this idea, hoping it would spark something inside them. It was hard to convince anyone to take a break from traditional filmmaking and take a risk like this. I knew that the only way to achieve this movie would be to stop thinking and just do.”

Jason Blum, the film’s executive producer whose company, Blumhouse, is presenting the film, said about the idea: “What is so fun and scary about `Unfriended’ is that the filmmakers came up with a new way of making a movie that actually elevates and serves the story.”

One night, writer/producer Nelson Greaves and co-executive producer Alan Khamoui, another executive from Bekmambetov’s production company, Bazelevs, were sitting around the office spitballing ideas for new projects with their boss, and the idea for `Unfriended’ came back around. Greaves shares: “We said: ‘What if this was a horror movie?’ At that point, the idea clicked with me. Found-footage films are frightening because of the constraints and limits. What’s more limiting than being trapped on your computer as you’re attacked and terrorized?”

Greaves, who was an assistant at the time, needed a reason to still be employed at the company after his supervisor had left, so he jumped into the dark and fleshed out a story that could thrive in this world and still be grounded and relatable. After he wrote the script, he handed it off to Bekmambetov. A colleague of Bekmambetov’s, director Leo Gabriadze, just happened to be in Los Angeles at the time filming a commercial, and the Russian producer knew he’d take to the material.

Greaves recalls: “Timur physically handed the script to Leo and told him to read it. Leo went next door and, for the longest two-and-a-half hours of my life, he read the script while I sat there nervous. Good news is that he loved it.”

getting the thumbs-up from Gabriadze, Greaves reached out to a former classmate and roommate, Adam Sidman, who was working inunscripted television production. As soon as Greaves walked him through the storyline, Sidman came aboard and wore every production hat possible—production coordinator, locations manager, hiring the crew, director of photography, creative producing, you name it—and Sidman, Greaves and Gabriadze shot a test of the script. Soon after, Bekmambetov gave it his seal of approval and green-lit production.

In presenting “Unfriended,” Blum was excited to push the envelope once again with moviegoers. He notes: “The best horror films speak to audiences’ primal fears, and Unfriended goes deep into the exploration of those fears in an extremely innovative manner of filmmaking. Here, a group of teens who think they’re immortal begin to realize the consequences of actions they were so flippant about only one year earlier. When they are tested, will they stand together or will their group be torn apart by the very decisions that once brought them so close?”

Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal Pictures' “Unfriended” follows what happens when a seemingly innocent online prank starts a sequence of events that spirals out of control. A first-person exploration of the terror that can emerge when our connected experiences transform into our deadliest fears, the film unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier. On the anniversary of her death, the very same friends who thought there would be no consequences to their actions will find out just how deadly wrong they are.

  Opening across the Philippines on April 29, 2015, “Unfriended” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.
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“PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2” Nabs Smash US Opening

Columbia Pictures’ new family-oriented action comedy “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” opened to a solid $22 million in North America, giving strong competition to “Fast & Furious 7” which still managed to hold on for the No.1 box-office rank for the third week.

It was a little scary to be in [‘Furious 7’s’] wake, but that Blart is tough stuff,” said Rory Bruer, Sony’s distribution chief. “We exceeded expectations and held our ground despite this juggernaut.”

The film brought back Kevin James as the hapless shopping center cop, but transplanted the segway shenanigans to Las Vegas.

This movie is about having fun and having some laughs with the whole family, and it delivers on that,” said Bruer. “If critics don’t get that, I guess maybe they needed to see it with an audience or bring their kids.”

After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart (Kevin James) has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter (Raini Rodriguez) before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers.

Starring Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Neal McDonough, and Shirley Knight, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” is directed by Any Fickman, from a screenplay by Kevin James & Nick Bakay. The film is produced by Todd Garner, Kevin James, Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo.

  Opening across the Philippines on May 06, 2015, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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Levi’s launches COOLMAX — the go-to jeans this summer

Summer wear is all about cotton sundresses and nifty shorts-and-tank-top pairings—perfect for the season’s scorching heat. But don’t put your denims in storage just yet. This summer, Levi’s is launching COOLMAX, an innovative collection specially designed to help you withstand sweltering hot weather, all year-round. 
 Have fun under the sun with your Coolmax Levi’s jeans that are perfect this summer. Look Hot, Keep Cool with Levi’s.
 Levi’s non-denim pants made of lightweight twill with Coolmax fabric for optimum comfort in hot weather; it’ll be your go-to jean for the season.
This summer, Levi’s offers Coolmax collection that gives everyone the opportunity to wear denim and non-denim styles all year-round, regardless of the temperature. 
Levi’s cutting-edge COOLMAX collection is part of the brand’s “Keep Cool” campaign, which is out to prove that denim is never too hot nor too heavy to wear even during the warmer months.
Kaths Laudit, Levi’s Philippines marketing head, affirms this, explaining that “the main idea of this campaign is to allow Levi’s lovers to wear their favorite denim apparel whatever the temperature is outside.”
The COOLMAX collection includes an assortment of apparels for men and women of different ages.

 Everyone can be comfortable with Levi’s Coolmax collection no matter what weather there is outside.

Levi’s Coolmax collection offers a wide array of denim and non-denim apparels for both men and women this summer.

For men, Levi’s offers the non-denim Levi’s 511 slim cut in three colors (Washed Water Blue, Sand Bar and Plaza Taupe); the classic five-pocket jeans available in three different cuts (504 regular straight, 511 slim, and 513 slim straight); the 508 regular tapered denim shorts; and the classic single-pocket, button-down shirt in soft, breathable cotton blend.
For women, Levi’s offers the “denim for all seasons,” which is available in three different cuts—skinny, straight, and cropped. You can pair these with unstructured tops and chunky accessories or add strappy stilettos in bright hues to crank up the style factor.
 Levi’s Coolmax is engineered for comfort and woven with Coolmax fibers that create a cooling effect, which helps the body maintain temperature balance and comfort amid the summer heat.
 Levi’s Coolmax offers the “denim for all seasons” for women, which is available in three different cuts. 
Engineered for comfort and woven with COOLMAX fibers that create a cooling effect, this denim collection offers optimum relief from the summer heat, enabling the body to breathe even as it is in constant motion.
COOLMAX, a look-great, feel-great collection that allows the wearer to stay cool and stylish at the same time, offers smartly rendered classic and sophisticated styles, but in fresh washes that are perfectly on trend for the season.
COOLMAX is now available at selected Levi’s retail stores nationwide this summer.
  You can be creative with Levi’s Coolmax and step it up a notch by pairing it with your favorite top or chunky accessories.

Don’t miss out on exciting campaigns of Levi’s that will roll out for the rest of the year! To be constantly updated, like the Levi’s Philippines Facebook page at or follow the Levi’s Philippines Instagram page at

The Levi’s® brand epitomizes classic American style and effortless cool. Since their invention by Levi Strauss & Co. in 1873, Levi’s® jeans have become the most recognizable and imitated clothing in the world—capturing the imagination and loyalty of people for generations. Today, the Levi’s® brand portfolio continues to evolve through a relentless pioneering and innovative spirit that is unparalleled in the apparel industry. Our range of leading jeanswear and accessories are available in more than 110 countries, allowing individuals around the world to express their personal style.
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Monday, April 20, 2015

Teaser Trailer of “BATMAN V SUPERMAN” Lands

Warner Bros. Pictures has officially released the teaser trailer of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the highly anticipated action adventure from director Zack Snyder starring Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. 

Catch the trailer below: 

The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from “Man of Steel,” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer.  Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Principal photography will take place on location at Michigan Motion Picture Studios and on location in and around Detroit, Michigan; Illinois; Africa; and the South Pacific.

Set to open in the Philippines on March 26, 2016, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.
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Downey Feels “AGE OF ULTRON” Marks End of Era, Start of New

Fan-favorite Robert Downey Jr. reprises his seminal portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man for the fifth time in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” In Marvel’s “The Avengers” Tony Stark struggled to become a team player and in “Iron Man 3” audiences saw him transcend his dependency on the tech that was keeping him alive. So where does he go now?

To Downey Jr., the answer is simple: “There’s all this unfinished business. There’s the matter of a certain wormhole that opened over New York and the imminent threat that still implies, so Tony has turned his attentions more toward a bit of a post-Reagan-era, Star-Wars-type notion and he likes to call it Ultron.”

Right from the beginning of the project, Downey Jr. found a lot to like in writer/director Joss Whedon’s compelling screenplay. “To me it’s further developing the complexities of the relationship between all the main folks,” comments the actor. “I like that Thor has a beef with me and then eventually has to say I’m right. It’s just interesting and the way it all wraps up to me is super exciting, but strangely my favorite part about ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is what’s brought into potential at the end.”

But returning to Tony Stark and The Avengers was bittersweet for the super-talented, much-loved actor. “This time around I felt like I really got closer with the cast members, and Joss and I are pals,” says Downey Jr. “But more than any other of the Marvel movies, for me I feel like this is a feeling of an ending of an era and the beginning of another. Obviously some of that is informed by the new blood coming through, with Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and I welcome it. So there’s a sense that we’ve been around just long enough to be a guard that may or may not be passing or changing.”

The new kids on the block, Elizabeth Olsen who plays Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson who is Quicksilver, definitely shake things up for Tony Stark and the rest of The Avengers. Downey Jr. explains the new dynamic: “Tony knows The Avengers; they are the Super Heroes that he has been in the trenches with. He’s only really just gotten over his mild dose of PTSD, so to have something like a Scarlet Witch whispering in one ear and a Quicksilver bolting and flashing past the other is a little bit like ‘hmm.’ It’s like that friend or foe thing, but the way that they’ve been developed as from their origins, albeit how they’ve been depicted in the comics and other attempts thus far, this one is incredibly smart and the nice thing about it is they really fit into the story. What’s great about it is it puts Tony and certainly the other Avengers off-kilter. Also it would seem initially that there’s somewhat of a vendetta, and it sucks when you know there’s someone who’s after you who’s mad and they have a good reason.”

Explaining Tony Stark’s place on The Avengers team this time around, Downey Jr. says, “I don’t know of anyone in the history of any Super Hero franchise who seems to never run out of money. Tony’s footing the bill and he can swing it, obviously. The real thing is that he wants to localize, look after and nurture this necessary counterbalancing faction, which is The Avengers, and have them all where they are. Then there’s part of him that’s still the designer and the tweaker and a bit of an engineer and the mechanic who just wants to help them all do things a little bit better. So his comfort is like someone who buys a football team and then wants to redo their uniforms and give them better equipment and keep them safer on the field and make them stronger and faster.”

In Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Captain America, played by Chris Evans, is clearly the leader, but it seems to work for Tony Stark this time around. “There are really only two relationships in Tony’s life in which he’s been willing to assume a lower status and one’s with Pepper obviously, equal footing, and the other’s with Cap,” informs Downey Jr. “It’s always whoever does the job best should probably do that job and Tony’s bringing a lot to the table and Cap has the most experience. It’s also nice to feel like there’s someone under whose tutelage you become better at what you have to do and no one’s more battle-seasoned than Cap.”

There has been much speculation about what the future holds for the Tony Stark/Iron Man character. Downey Jr. admits he does not have the answer, but offers, “It’s hard to say. I’ve been talking with Kevin Feige and some of the creatives and there are really good ideas. It’s been this thing where some part of it was just smart luck and then the rest of it has been this kind of thing that’s gently unfolded and at the right pace for the right amount of time to keep working. So whatever the future holds for Tony I want it to be a future that works for the highest good for the whole magilla and I just want it to keep feeling like there’s more to do and more to say.”

When fans sit down in theaters to see Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Downey Jr. hopes people just say, “Wow.” “I hope that they feel as good about this as they did when they came and saw the third ‘Iron Man,’ or as they did when they saw the most recent ‘Captain America’ and ‘Thor’ and that there’s still more to say and more to do and it’s fun. This movie is incredibly fun and thoughtful and has great themes and there’s a whole bunch of new people, so that’s my seal of approval,” concludes the actor.

Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in Philippine cinemas on April 22, 2015.

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Will Ferrell Gets Tough For Adult Comedy “GET HARD”

Will Ferrell is going to prison—not the comedy legend of “Anchorman,” “Zoolander,” and TV’s “Saturday Night Live” fame, but his latest incarnation—James, a hedge fund manager facing hard time in San Quentin prison on fraud charges—in the outrageous and satirical new comedy “Get Hard” from Warner Bros.

Directed by Etan Cohen, the film pairs Ferrell with comedy phenom Kevin Hart (“The Grudge Match,” “The Wedding Ringer”), who plays the family man and small time entrepreneur the clueless millionaire assumes to be a thug and offers cold, hard cash to teach him how to survive behind bars. The closest Darnell has ever been to prison is seeing it on TV, but he’s no fool—he takes the money—and devises increasingly ridiculous ways to prep James for his impending hard time. Along the way, the unlikely team forges a friendship that will challenge their most basic – and hilariously off-base – pre-conceptions about so many things, including each other.

For Cohen, who also shares writing credit with Jay Martel and Ian Roberts, the movie’s culture clash and send-up of cultural biases are highlighted by the unique comedy styles of Hart and Ferrell. “This movie is not just incredibly funny because of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart,” he says. “It also takes a swing at satirizing the stereotypes people have by heightening those qualities in these characters, not only in their interactions with each other, but with nearly everyone else they encounter. This is one of the great gifts both Will and Kevin share—the ability to draw audiences into the joke.”

Cohen sees the film’s title as an added bonus, gleefully noting “the confusion it may produce to people that are not sure what it is about. I think if the title makes people uncomfortable, that’s a good thing,” he laughs. “It’s fun, and it’s emblematic of how this movie likes to go to the edge.”

Double entendre notwithstanding, “Get Hard” refers to the process of preparing mentally and physically for prison. When James—a ridiculously wealthy and entitled hedge fund manager with the biggest mansion and the hottest fiancĂ©e money can buy (played by comedic actress Alison Brie)— is convicted of fraud and given 30 days to get his affairs in order, he pegs Darnell as just the right kind of criminal to help him prepare for lockup. And Darnell, who is nearly as clueless as James himself about what that entails, is willing to at least fake it to help him survive his prison stint.

Imagine, for whatever reasons, getting that piece of information that in 30 days you were going to prison—how would you react?” Ferrell muses. This is a question, he tells us, that producer Adam McKay had been grappling with for years, which he and his partners at Gary Sanchez ultimately developed into “Get Hard.” “Every scenario would go through your mind,” he details. “‘I’m going to flee the country… Okay, no, I can’t do that. I’m going to have to learn how to fight.’ Now, imagine that question through the eyes of two people who turn out to be wrong about nearly everything, even each other? I thought that would be a really funny premise. It was something that we kind of built from the ground up, and the final piece was getting Kevin.”

They both loved the idea of taking cultural preconceptions head-on in a genre in which nothing’s off limits—racial stereotypes, potty humor, sexual innuendo, you name it. But in between the jokes and balls-out physical humor both excel at, they also see the film as a story about two guys who become unlikely friends and discover how wrong their preconceptions can be about each other and the world around them.

First and foremost, we set out to make a funny, satirical movie that makes you laugh by taking that to the extreme,” Ferrell says, “That having been said, the relationship in `Get Hard’ is almost a metaphor for surviving in the real world, because James doesn’t live in the real world. He thinks he does, but he’s separated. With all due respect to anyone who’s gone to Harvard, including our director, I was thinking ‘Harvard A**hole,’” he laughs. “Yeah, that was my inspiration. And as much as my character knows about financial dealings and how to make a lot of money, he really is completely ignorant about the rest of how the real world works and how people operate within that world.”

  Opening across the Philippines on April 29, “Get Hard” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
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“THE WALK” Teaser Poster Drops Online

Columbia Pictures has just bared the teaser one-sheet art of director Robert Zemeckis' new thriller “The Walk,” a true story based on French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's book "To Reach the Clouds."

The Walk” stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the young dreamer who dared the impossible: an illegal wire walk between the World Trade Center towers. Last August 7, 2014 is the 40th anniversary of the astounding event, now being brought back to vivid life in the third act climax of the film.

Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan.

Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as “Forrest Gump,” “Cast Away,” “Back to The Future,” “The Polar Express” and “Flight,” again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, “The Walk” is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s, but most of all, to the Towers of the World Trade Center.

  Opening across the Philippines in October 07, 2015, “The Walk” will be distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.
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Star-Studded Cast in “CHILD 44” Exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas on April 29

From highly acclaimed and world-renowned filmmaker, Sir Ridley Scott produces the latest edgy and thrilling action “Child 44” directed by the inventive Daniel Espinosa, known for his “Safe House” directorial debut starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds and who also helmed “Snabba Cash,” the highest-grossing movie in Swedish history.  
Child 44” casts a very impressive set of actors ever assembled on screen led by Tom Hardy and  Gary Oldman along with Noomi Rapace, Vince Cassel, Joel Kinnaman and Jason Clarke, the movie is based on author Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling novel “Child 44” set against the backdrop of 1953 Stalinist Russia.

Hardy stars as Leo Demidov, a recognized war hero who also rose from the ranks to be the MGB’s top investigator within the Soviet system married to a schoolteacher Raisa (Rapace).  Soon, Raisa is suspected of being a spy and Leo is forced to investigate and denounce his wife.  Leo’s refusal to denounce Raisa, Leo is then relocated and demoted to the city of Volsk where General Nesterov reigns (Oldman).  From his post in Moscow where Leo has discovered the murder of his friend’s son that had been mantled as a freak accident, the same crime continues in Volsk.  Fuelled by their passion to uncover the truth, with the help of Nesterov, Leo and Raisa tread dangerous grounds to catch the serial killer before another child dies. Meanwhile, Leo’s sadistic colleague, Vasil (Kinnaman), who’s been after his post is relentless in pursuing the couple in the midst the couple’s search for the killer.

Hardy impressed moviegoers as a violent convict in Bronson, then broke through to a global audience with his portrayal of the evil Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises,.” More recently he earned both critical and popular acclaim for his role as a Brooklyn bartender with a dark secret in “The Drop.” Hardy says he was attracted to the project by the moral complexity of his character—and the script as a whole.
On casting Raisa, Scott introduced Rapace to “Child 44” in Los Angeles when he cast her in his 2012 sci-fi epic “Prometheus.”   When she learned Espinosa would be directing, Rapace was thrilled. Rapace was also pleased to be back on set with Hardy.  Rapace’s portrayal of meek schoolteacher Raisa Demidova marks a dramatic departure from the role that brought her to international attention, the nail-tough title character in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman, who first worked with Espinosa in Snabba Cash, enjoyed the challenge of developing treacherous secret-police bureaucrat and sadistic Vasili as a three-dimensional character.  Kinnaman broke through to American audiences when he co-starred as slacker detective Stephen Holder in the cable television crime series “The Killing” and continued to star in “Robocop.”  His most recent role is opposite Liam Neeson in “Run All Night.”
For Academy Award® nominee Gary Oldman, the weary provincial police chief General Mikhail Nesterov he portrays in Child 44 embodies the moral compromises many citizens had to make in order to survive Stalinist-era politics. “There was so much emotional, physical, and psychological terror in Stalinist society that a character like Nesterov just turns a blind eye to it all,” he says of his role.

A gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller, “Child 44” opens April 29 exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide.   
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