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Children of Men

Children of Men

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Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine


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Y Tu Mamá También and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón returns to the helm to tell this futuristic tale in which society is without hope since humankind lost its ability to procreate. The year is


Y Tu Mamá También and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón returns to the helm to tell this futuristic tale in which society is without hope since humankind lost its ability to procreate. The year is 2027, and women can no longer give birth. The youngest inhabitant of the planet has just died at the age of 18, and all hope for humanity has been lost. As civilization descends into chaos, a dying world finds one last chance for survival in the form of a woman who has become inexplicably pregnant. Now, as warring nationalistic sects clash and British leaders try to maintain their totalitarian stronghold on the country, a disillusioned bureaucrat (Clive Owen) is brought back into the fold of activism by his guerrilla ex-wife (Julianne Moore). Reluctantly, he takes on the daunting task of escorting Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey), the refugee who represents humankind's last hope for survival, out of harm's way and into the care of a mysterious organization known as The Human Project. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, and Michael Caine co-star in this adaptation of author P.D. James's gripping 1992 novel.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Conjure up your bleakest vision of the world fallen into an uncontrollable spiral of chaos, add in a grim speculative sci-fi twist, and then watch as those images burn to vivid life in a striking, affecting, and viciously beautiful tale of glimmering hope in a land of terminal despair. The concept may be as thin as a razor, yet it cuts to our most basic fears for the future: humankind has lost the ability to procreate, and when a pregnant London immigrant is discovered by a group of "terrorists," the group takes it upon themselves to smuggle her into the care of a secretive organization working against the government's will to save the human race. A jarring intro effectively pulls the safety net out from under the audience and lets us know how ugly a place the world has truly become, offering an explosive introduction to London circa 2027. A glance at the news shows that the major cities of every nation have all become Baghdad. "The World Has Collapsed" trumpets the television newscast as a sickening flood of death and destruction washes across the screen, and anyone who felt their heart skip a beat on 9/11 will most certainly feel the emotional impact of such a sensationalistic -- but in this fictional universe, entirely valid -- claim. The race is on to ensure that the first baby to be born in 18 years isn't subjected to the harsh glare of the media circus or the cruel scrutiny of government scientists, and though he may seem a most unlikely hero, dejected alcoholic bureaucrat Theodore Faron (Clive Owen) dutifully assumes the responsibility of escorting the frightened mother-to-be to the mythical "Human Project" in hopes that the scientists there will be able to solve humankind's darkest mystery. Seldom has an onscreen hero been more identifiably human than as portrayed by Owen, and as Theodore takes a shot from the bottle to numb the pain, argues with his activist ex-wife about their tragic past, or shelters his frightened charge as the pair makes their way through a gauntlet of crumbling concrete and gunfire, it's easy for the viewer to sympathize with his pain as well as his determination. Theo isn't a self-righteous savior, but an honest and broken man who simply knows what's at stake with the birth of this "miracle" child. Likewise, the supporting players all turn in exceptional performances -- from Julianne Moore's damaged do-gooder to Chiwetel Ejiofor's misguided "terrorist" leader, and the virtually unrecognizable Charlie Hunnam's dreadlocked, trigger-happy gunman, it's obvious that the cast members have truly invested themselves in their onscreen counterparts. Despite his relative lack of screen time, however, it's screen veteran Michael Caine who truly steals the show as off-the-grid, strawberry-ganja-smoking weed-slinger Jasper Palmer -- an aging neo-hippie who, as Theo's trusted confidante, injects just the right amount of humor and gravity into the proceedings. While for many filmmakers and screenwriters it can be a daunting task to paint a realistic vision of the future, Alfonso Cuarón works well with his team of scribes to keep things grounded in a reality that is both recognizable and relatable -- no flying cars here, though there are some fancy computer monitors and the automobiles feel just advanced and unreliable enough to make them believable. Despite these minor advances, it truly does feel as if society and technological innovation ground to a halt when humankind discovered that their days on the planet were numbered. Emmanuel Lubezki's exceptional use of fluid, handheld photography places the viewer in the back seat of a car being attacked by terrorists and in the war-torn streets of a refugee camp under attack from the military with documentary-like believability. Lubezki's filming techniques, combined with the smart editing of director Cuarón and Alex Rodriguez, offer a haunting fluidity that serves well to compliment the intensity of the powerful and sometimes jarring material. Subtle but strikingly effective use of computer-generated effects compliments the story well by remaining largely understated, while the affecting use of sound in one key third-act scene provides a moving auditory accompaniment to a pivotal event. The impressive soundtrack features selections from such diverse musical artists as John Lennon, King Crimson, the Kills, and the Libertines, lending the film a timeless urgency that will equally affect viewers both young and old. Still, the commendable technical achievements of the film wouldn't really matter if Children of Men didn't have something truly compelling to say. In addition to challenging the audience's perception of our current reality (what truly constitutes a "terrorist"?) and offering a cautionary glance into a dark future of last-gasp authoritarianism run rampant, Children of Men presents a truly thought-provoking tale told in a remarkably absorbing manner. While some viewers may be put off by the unrelenting despair at the surface level, those with some degree of optimism about humankind's uncertain fate on this planet will discover a remarkably powerful film: one in which darkness belies delicate hope for -- and ultimately in -- humanity.

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[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Digital Theater Systems]
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Special Features

Deleted Scenes; Visual Effects: Creating the Baby; Futuristic Design - From Concept to creation, see how Director Alfonso Cuarón's dynamic vision of the future was brought to life; ; Theo & Julian - Get the inside story from Clive Owen and Julianne Moore; ; Under Attack - Discover how the Filmmakers created the film's most dangerous scenes; ; The Possibility of Hope ; Alfonso Cuarón's documentary on how the revolutionary themes in Children of Men relate to our modern-day society; ; Children Of Men Comments by Slavoj Zizek

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clive Owen Theo Faron
Julianne Moore Julian Taylor
Michael Caine Jasper
Chiwetel Ejiofor Luke
Claire-Hope Ashitey Kee
Pam Ferris Miriam
Charlie Hunnam Patric
Danny Huston Nigel
Peter Mullan Syd
Oana Pellea Marichka
Paul Sharma Ian
Jacek Koman Tomasz

Technical Credits
Alfonso Cuarón Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Marc Abraham Producer
David Arata Screenwriter
Richard Beggs Sound/Sound Designer
Kate Benton Makeup
Armyan Bernstein Executive Producer
Thomas A. Bliss Executive Producer
Jon Bunker Art Director
Ray Chan Art Director
Jim Clay Production Designer
Karen Elliott Musical Direction/Supervision
David Evans Sound/Sound Designer
Veronica Falzon Production Designer
Mark Fergus Screenwriter
James Foster Art Director
Becca Gatrell Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Inglis Art Director
Graham Johnston Makeup
Avy Kaufman Casting
Geoffrey Kirkland Production Designer
Kristel Laiblin Associate Producer
Emmanuel Lubezki Cinematographer
Emma Mager Production Manager
Lorna McGowan Makeup
Laura McIntosh Makeup
Terry Needham Asst. Director
Eric Newman Producer
Hawk Ostby Screenwriter
George Richmond Camera Operator
George Richmond Camera Operator
Cliff Robinson Art Director
Alex Rodriguez Editor
Stuart Rose Art Director
Timothy J. Sexton Screenwriter
Hilary Shor Producer
Iain Smith Producer
Tony Smith Producer
Troy Smith Producer
Mike Stallion Art Director
Lucinda Syson Casting
John Tavener Score Composer
Jany Temime Costumes/Costume Designer
Jennifer Williams Production Designer


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Children of Men 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
CHILDREN OF MEN is a masterpiece of cinematic artistry. Director Alfonso Cuarón, using a screenplay he co-wrote with Timothy J. Sexton, has done what few artists have been able to achieve before - create an apocalyptic experience that is almost devoid of extraneous material meant to terrify the audience and focused the worst of unthinkable events into a personal story about a few people. Oh, the global destruction and masses of dead humanity are not kept from our eyes, but instead Cuarón uses these horrid images as a background for a story about the changes than can occur in each of us when our souls and lives are challenged by extinction. The story is set in 2027 and the only country that has survived some unnamed disaster is England (importantly, the only country without a constitution, maintaining its governance on history). The landscape is bleak, twisted, filthy and holds scattered cages of fugitives (immigrants from the countries no longer in existence): it is difficult to decide which is better, being dead or living in this heinous mess of a wasted world. Society is on the brink of extinction as the people are infertile and the youngest living person has just died. We meet Theo Faron (Clive Owen), a drunken bored disillusioned detritus of a man whose early years were alive with political activism. He loathes his meaningless job and he is bitter and utterly disillusioned and emotionally numb. A group called 'Angels' is lead by Julian Taylor (Julianne Moore), Theo's former significant other with whom he had a child that died of influenza, and Luke (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and their work is the protection of immigrants as well as transporting a young black girl Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey) who happens to be pregnant(!) to a sea spot where Human Project will aid her in propagating a new society. Julian has Theo captured (he is the only man she can truly trust) to handle the safe transportation of Kee to the Human Project. Theo at first refuses to absorb this new direction but incidents occur which change his mind: he receives sound advice and encouragement from an old hippie friend Jasper (Michael Caine) and the trek begins. The bond between Kee and Theo is an increasingly strong one and as they follow directions that are in code they gradually discover the incentives of various people to follow the eventual birth of the first child to be born in eighteen years. The trip is harrowing, suspenseful, filled with psychological and philosophical implications, and the ending of this tale occurs in the foggy mists of the sea aboard a tiny boat - a place that has no roots. Clive Owen is mesmerizing in this tough role and his support from Moore, Caine, Ejiofor, Ashitey, as well as smaller roles played by such fine actors as Charlie Hunnam, Pam Ferris, Danny Huston, Peter Mullan, Oana Pellea and Jacek Koman to mention only a few is on the highest level. The cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki is miraculous, capturing a strange world that seems very real yet not absurdly over the edge. Classical composer John Tavener (with help from Mahler, Penderecki, and others) finds just the right balance between old folk songs, contemporary requiem moments and excerpts from popular music of the past to mold a fascinating musical score: it works! Some may avoid this film because of the apparent disturbing content, but for this viewer this film speaks so cogently to the matters we should all heed to help reverse some of the destruction we have done to our world that it would be hard to imagine this film not changing people's views on immigration as an example of how confused is our sense of humanity, and that is only one issue before us. CHILDREN OF MEN is an instant classic, whether we like it or not. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp
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I worship Stanley Kubrick as a movie god and so this is the highest praise I could give a movie, it felt like Kubrick. I will also say I've never been in a theater that crowded that was as quiet as this one was, no one spoke everyone just watched. It's brillant and it should have won best picture.
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I recently became a parent, and holding my sleeping newborn daughter in my arms while watching this movie was an interesting parallel. The film was very hard to watch because it is so harsh, cold and desolate. But it's themes are very important. The totalitarian, anti-immigrant state portrayed in the film is a reminder of what could happen if people seeking asylum are viewed as criminals. There were a few moments that I know Alfonso Curon put in for religious imagery, such as Key, her daughter and Theo setting off in a boat to protect the last baby on the earth. That had clear biblical references. The most poignant, moving moment for me was when the people stopped fighting for just a moment to stare at and honor the baby. I thought this was a good movie, just frightening.
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The plot of this film should be familiar to any fan of sci-fi and the more recent outer limits episodes. Even then, the telling of the plot is portrayed good in the film. The film mixes elements you've seen in freejack, 1984, faranheit 451, and films showing the aftermath of nuclear fallout.
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This movie was really intense and i really loved it. If you dont like it then your either dumb or really cant pay attention to some one talking.
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I saw the movie in theater and it was great. It definitely surprised me cause I walked in not knowing exactly what I was going to watch and it was definitely a good surprise. I think if you like politics then you'll like the movie.
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I really think this movie should have gotten more recognition at the awards! Clive Owens was at his best and the underlying theme behind this movie was intense including the ending!
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I can't believe I wasted my hard-earned money renting it from the video store. It started out interesting at the beginning, but it got boring as the movie rolled on. I had to force myself to sit through the whole thing just to see the ending. Don't waste a penny on this flop. Wait for it to come on HBO, Showtime, or STARZ.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film started great, but then about midway into the movie, it got more and more confusing and convoluted and stayed that way till the end. There were some great performances from Clive Owen and Michael Caine, "as well as some powerful action scenes" but overall, this film just isn't on the same level as "Blade Runner" and "Minority Report".