Children of Men
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No children. No future. No hope. In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, disillusioned Theo (Clive Owen) becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover (Julianne Moore) to escort a young pregnant woman out of the country as quickly as possible. In a thrilling race against time, Theo will risk everything to deliver the miracle the whole world has been waiting for. Co-starring Michael Caine, filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men is the powerful film Pete Hammond of Maxim calls “magnificent … a unique and totally original vision.”
Presenting a bleak, harrowing, and yet ultimately hopeful vision of humankind's not-too-distant future, Children of Men is a riveting cautionary tale of potential things to come. Set in the crisis-ravaged future of 2027, and based on the atypical 1993 novel by British mystery writer P.D. James, the anxiety-inducing, action-packed story is set in a dystopian England where humanity has become infertile (the last baby was born in 2009), immigration is a crime, refugees (or "fugees") are caged like animals, and the world has been torn apart by nuclear fallout, rampant terrorism, and political rebellion. In this seemingly hopeless landscape of hardscrabble survival, a jaded bureaucrat named Theo (Clive Owen) is drawn into a desperate struggle to deliver Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey), the world's only pregnant woman, to a secret group called the Human Project that hopes to discover a cure for global infertility. As they carefully navigate between the battling forces of military police and a pro-immigration insurgency, Theo, Kee, and their secretive allies endure a death-defying ordeal of urban warfare, and director Alfonso Cuaron (with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki) capture the action with you-are-there intensity. There's just enough humor to balance the film's darker content (much of it coming from Michael Caine, as Theo's aging hippie cohort), and although Children of Men glosses over many of the specifics about its sociopolitical worst-case scenario (which includes Julianne Moore in a brief but pivotal role), it's still an immensely satisfying, pulse-pounding vision of a future that represents a frightening extrapolation of early 21st-century history. --Jeff Shannon
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As the lead, Clive Owen plays a tough but charming cynic who is unexpectedly enlisted in an idealistic crusade to rescue humanity from itself. This he does to near perfection, whether he's delivering a sardonic remark or subtly communicating a range of emotions through his body language.
The script is full of funny, intelligent, and thoughtful lines. And the massively talented cast delivers every one of them, big and small, with gravitas and dedication.
The movie's sets immerse you deeply in a gritty dystopia while cleverly juxtaposing order with chaos in a way that blurs the lines between the two.
In short, I loved everything about this movie. With skilled directing, a highly intelligent script, an endearing cast and superb sets,Children of Men is a movie that deserves a place in the annals of science fiction history.
I'm writing this because I, for one, really appreciate cinematography and the technical aspects of film-making and often I find it hard to glean from reviews whether or not a movie will be worth watching for its technical merits. So, if you are also into the technical aspects, then you will love watching this film--guaranteed.
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