In the movie, Hardy plays Leo Demidov, a member of the Soviet military police in 1950’s Moscow. After his colleague’s son is found dead, Demidov becomes convinced the child was murdered. He investigates, only to be told by a superior (played by Vincent Cassel) that “murder is strictly a capitalist disease.”
With his investigation effectively shut down, Hardy’s character can only sit by and watch as more children begin dying from mysterious deaths. He is demoted and he and his wife (Rapace) are exiled over his insistence that the deaths are connected . He then teams up with a Soviet general (Oldman) to track down and stop the killer.
Daniel Scott directed, while Richard Price wrote the screenplay. Ridley Scott produced the film, which is based on the novel of the same name by Tom Rob Smith. The film marks the fourth collaboration between Hardy and Oldman, who appeared together in “Dark Knight Rises,” “Lawless,” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
“Child 44” opens in theaters April 17.