After making the international hit Easy Money, director Daniel Espinosa made his American film debut with 2012's Safe House. The filmmaker followed up that action-thriller with this year's Child 44, which is currently available on Digital HD before the Blu-ray and DVD release on August 4 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Today we have an exclusive preview which highlights the directorial style of the Child 44 filmmaker. And it proves he's certainly a filmmaker to watch in the future.
Tom Hardy, Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace star in the riveting and politically charged serial-killer drama Child 44, which made waves when it hit theaters earlier this year. Based on the first novel of the international best-selling trilogy by Tom Rob Smith and produced by the acclaimed Ridley Scott, the nail-biting story is written for the screen by Richard Price. The film features a stellar supporting cast that includes Joel Kinnaman, Paddy Considine, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel.
Set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo's psychopathic rival Vasili, who insists "There is no crime in Paradise."
The home entertainment release of Child 44 will include a "Reflections of History" featurette that looks behind-the-scenes at the film crew's work recreating the 1950s Soviet Union. The Child 44 Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98 and $24.99, respectively. Child 44 debuted in just a limited theatrical release this spring, but the Blu-ray and DVD release will give fans around the world to check out this riveting pot boiler.
Daniel Espinosa is attached to direct Blood on Snow for Warner Bros., which has Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star, and Boston Strong for 20th Century Fox. It isn't clear which of these projects will move ahead first, but it's clear the Swedish filmmaker certainly has a bright future ahead of him with these two highly-anticipated projects. We'll be sure to keep you posted on the director's new films as soon as more information is released.
In the meantime, you can get a glimpse at the filmmaker's approach in our exclusive preview for Child 44, to get ready for the Blu-ray and DVD next month. If you can't wait that long, then you can pick up the thriller through several different Digital HD outlets such as Amazon and iTunes. Will you check out Child 44 on Digital HD, Blu-ray or DVD in the next few weeks? Let us know what you think.