The year is 2027: The world's youngest person has just died at 18, and humankind is facing its own extinction. In a society torn apart by violence and warring sects, children of men follows Theo (Clive Owen) as he becomes an unlikely champion of earth's SURVIVAL. One women represents the planet's LAST REMAINING HOPE - When her safety is threatened, Theo is forced to protect her from certain peril.
- Children of Men review by Rubber Ducky
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You rated this film: 4
Set in a time in the near future when humans have become sterile and therfore face extinction. It is a bleak and depressing story based on PD James excellent novel, but also offers a ray of hope. The scenes set in the immigrant detention centres are scary and frighteningly reminiscent of Nazi concentration camps. I found them difficult to watch. I am not a Clive Owen fan but must grudgingly admit that he does quite a good job as Theo. Michael Caine as his hippy father adds a light hearted touch and Julianne Moore is good as Theo's militant ex-wife.
Think I saw an earlier film years ago that had something of the central idea. Interesting development of some of the characters, but story line can drag at times. Ending leaves much of it in the air as to what future mankind can have. A film to watch because it is different and not always predictable. NOT one for the laughs though! Pessimistic outlook.
There's really no other way to describe this movie than 'mesmerising'. It's fast, well-acted, brilliantly realised, and most of all, totally and completely plausible. There are two tracking shots--one of five minutes and the other of ten--that are absolutely beyond anything in cinemas these days. Technical achievement and directorial achievement are supreme here. Highly recommended.
Thank god Clive Owen is something to look at
- Children of Men review by CM
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You rated this film: 3
Although really looking forward to watching this after seeing the trailer I found myself just a little disappointed. The storyline drags and some of the acting is of Eastenders quality. The cinematography was great and there's no doubt that technically this film is pretty impressive but with an idea that could've been a real blockbuster the makers of this film failed to reach their potential.
Its not all bad though, Clive Owen does a great job and some scenes are really very moving.
Its worth watching if only to explore the concept of an infertile human race - beyond that it leaves a lot to be desired.