Child 44

Director: Daniel Espinosa
Year Released: 2015
Rating: 0.5

A member of the Russian Police Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) - who grew up an orphan - discovers a ring of child murders going on his "utopian" country and is exiled and hunted down for even trying to expose the information. While I haven't read the novel by Tom Rob Smith, veteran Richard Price's script plays like amateur hour - barely developed characters, questionable plotting, bad dialogue - and the movie itself mistakes super dark lighting for "moody" ambience. Smart move casting the intense Paddy Considine as the serial killer ... except having him waterboard himself in one ridiculous scene should make everyone guffaw (or maybe just me).