Children of Men

Children of Men

Director: Alfonso Cuarón Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine
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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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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".