Child 44

Swedish director Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money) enjoyed what should have been a major studio breakout with Safe House (and the movie’s star Denzel Washington), but didn’t quite capitalize with a

Swedish director Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money) enjoyed what should have been a major studio breakout with Safe House (and the movie’s star Denzel Washington), but didn’t quite capitalize with a quick television or feature film follow-up. So now, three years later, he offers up Child 44, the story of a disgraced officer in the Soviet military police (Tom Hardy) commissioned to investigate a seemingly connected series of child murders in Stalin-era Russia. With a screenplay from Richard Price (the author of Clockers) and a supporting cast featuring Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman (star of Easy Money), Jason Clarke and Gary Oldman, this outing has the makings of a possible sleeper. (Opens Friday, April 17 at Esquire Theatre) (R) Not screened in time for review