Many lamented the demise of the decent-budget thriller aimed at older audiences, but when the financial results turned out to be as dire as they were for 2015 Child 44you can kind of understand why major studios are so reluctant to open their checkbooks.
With a budget of $50 million, the Cold War mystery thriller smashed its way to a disastrous box office of just $13 million. It didn’t help that it was widely criticized, as evidenced by Rotten Tomatoes’ respective scores of 27 and 42% from critics and audiences, but the film also generated plenty of bad buzz across the board. Europe.
Things got so heated that Russia’s Culture Ministry blocked a first screening before banning it, and the minister himself blasted how his people had been described as ‘physically and morally vile subhumans’. “, even going so far as to compare it. at The Lord of the Rings and its depiction of Mordor.
Child 44 was also suspended in Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, while its release was pushed back six months in Georgia. Not a good situation for an expensive period piece featuring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassell, Jason Clarke, Paddy Considine, Charles Dance, and more, but a little mercy is that the buried bomb has unraveled the systemic corruption on the streaming charts.
According to FlixPatrol, Starz subscribers were more than happy to find out the result of Hardy’s disgraced secret police agent teaming up with Oldman’s general to apprehend a serial killer who preys on young boys. , even if it puts them in the crosshairs of the higher brass. who orchestrated a cover-up the entire time.