Yes. I wondered to myself. How?
The movie was based from the best seller written by Tom Rob Smith of the same title based on the crimes of Andrei Chikatilo, and I must say that the movie adaptation is very riveting, nail-biting, traumatic and victorious. Yes, like some other movies that made a mark in my heart, this too put me to the edge of my seat.
Even with the many subplots, the main plot was not forgotten and when the intertwining of events finally met at an intersection, it pulled some heartstrings too.
This story may be fictionalized, but it is definitely based on true events. These events still effect Ukraine and Russia of today and probably, the whole wide world.
Tom Hardy has always been good, but he did his part as Leo Demidov very well. Through Tom Hardy's acting, I saw how Leo truly loved Raisa and how he gave her the benefit of the doubt because of that same love. He tried to be objective...
I would try not to give spoilers, but I couldn't help, but share what a certain couple who were seated behind me were discussing: "How did Raisa(Noomi Rapace) know that he couldn't read?"asked the woman. "She's a teacher and a very good one at that. She saw in his eyes that he wasn't really reading,"observed the man.
Who? What scene? Where? What are you talking about?
You might be wondering about all those questions above. If you are too curious, then watch the movie. ;-) Watch it from start to finish. If you wish, you could also buy the trilogy(books).
If you love kids, you would feel for the children and their families, or their lack of one, but somehow, you would also understand why the perpetrators did all those things too.
All the cover-ups really broke my heart. No murder in paradise???? They call that hell-hole paradise?????
Vince Cassel is here too. He is subtle, but very hateful too. Again, he never fails to deliver.
In toto, even if the movie is flawed, this movie is also G-R-E-A-T! Don't miss this. Even with all the pain and anguish, it is a very beautiful and memorable film.
Unfortunately or fortunately, children below 16 would not be allowed to enter the cinemas.
Kudos to the cast and crew. EVERYONE(including Fares Fares, Jason Clarke, Paddy Considine and Joseph Altin) did well. You made me believe that I was in that era. I did not even notice that the movie was quite longer than the average full length feature for there was no dead air at all. Yes, the movie seemed real, or at the very least, it felt like the actors were just in front of me, performing LIVE.
Please go and catch this very beautiful movie. Your heart might be torn to pieces, but towards the end, you would sort of, kind of, feel a bit light inside.