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Children of Men (2006) Movie Reviews

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07/10/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Unexpected masterpiece.

This is not only (possibly) the best dystopian future movie I've ever seen, but it's also one of the most underrated I've ever seen.

Considering this movie landed tons of Top 10 lists of critics in 2006, I should not call it underrated. More overlooked over time.
Alfonso Cuarón is a very dark-toned director with a simple style that I really like. I loved his take on Harry Potter.
The camerawork in this movie is amazing, often are many of them just one shot. That is exactly what I like. No jump-cuts and quick edits. Just letting it roll solidly. A shot in this movie lasts a whole 4 minutes.
This is Clive Owen's best performance (at least his best that I've seen). His character is not only fleshed out well, he is given purpose. He is given emotions and sacrifice.
Julianne Moore and M...

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04/29/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Children Of Men" by Yojimbo

Children Of Men presents a vision of the near future in which the human race has been sterile for 18 years and chaos rules the streets. Terrorist factions war with a fascist state which hunts down immigrants and herds them like cattle into pens and detention slums for deportation. And it's all 100% convincing. The direction and cinematography of this film is breathtaking; you really feel that you are there, suffering with the characters in a world that's degenerated into Hell. Clive Owen's performance is superb as the camera rarely leaves him, his character being the sole focus of the story as he finally finds something to believe in again. On first viewing, I must admit that I found the ending unsatisfactory which marred my enjoyment of the film, but on a rewatch I concentrated on the jo...

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4/4 

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08/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Children of Men review

The setting is 2027 in London where no child has been born for 18 years and Britain a military state for detained immigrants. Theo Faron (Clive Owen) has been involved with an activist group known as “Fishes” led by his wife Julian Taylor (Julian Moore). She asks for a favor to bring a female refugee named Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey). Luke (Chiwetel Ejiofor) has plans for the baby and alters the plan of Julian which involves taking her life. Miriam (Pam Ferris) is a religious midwife who accompanies Kee and is befriended by Theo. Theo’s hippie blithe friend Jasper Palmer (Michael Caine) helps in saving Kee and guiding them to the Tomorrow boat that would lead to the Human Project. Theo and Kee encounter a myriad of dangerous obstacles which involve Luke, Syd and the “uprising.” Miri...

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4/4 

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10/25/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Brilliant, Very Moving Affirmation of Life

I have struggled and struggled with how to begin this review - let alone write it. I seriously cannot remember the last time a film affected me as much as Children of Men. Director Alfonso Cuaron, after rising to such fame with Y Tu Mama Tambien that he was given Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to helm, here has created a film that is heartbreaking, soul-stirring, and - most importantly - life-affirming. THIS kind of film is what moviemaking was born to be - real art. I just hope I can do it justice in a short review.

The film is based on a novel by P.D. James, the story set in 2027 - in a world ravaged by disease, terrorism, and nuclear fallout (yep, very grim stuff). Humanity has become infertile, the last baby - Baby Diego - born in 2009 ... and in fact the film opens with ...

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3.5/4 

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05/31/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Amazing

Set in 2027, when no child has been born for 18 years and science is at loss to explain the reason, African and East European societies collapse and their dwindling populations migrate to England and other wealthy nations. In a climate of nationalistic violence, a London peace activist turned bureaucrat Theo Faron, joins forces with his revolutionary ex-wife Julian in order to save mankind by protecting a woman who has mysteriously became pregnant.

Children of Men, is nonetheless a fantastic movie. I must say that I had intentions of seeing it, but never really thought I had the patience. First, lets discuss the plot. This is not a new idea, only the directors vision of the future. I have heard the idea of women being able to not have babies before, but Children of Men mixes it with bl...

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03/24/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Children of men is beautiful

After watching the trailers for this movie, I had no intention of seeing it, but, when I heard all the hype surrounding the internet, I knew I needed to check it out.

Being a huge sci fi fan, I was excited to see people calling it a masterpiece. What I got, came up a little short, but still proved to be one of the better movies in 2006. Clive Owen does a pretty fine job acting and looking dirty and Michael Caine as always was perfect.

The problem that I have with this movie even before I saw it was "What do I care about the first pregnant women in nearly 20 years?" I assumed that by watching this movie I would care a little more. Nope, I didn't. Not only did I not care more, but the story never explained why there were no more pregnancies? Why the world really went to ****. Y...

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03/23/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Unique sci-fi, war, drama mix

This movie was simply done well. Clive Owens character's misery and self pity was very believable until the end. The dialog could have been a bit better in this film, there were certain times where I found myself thinking that the only reason they were talking was to fill the audience in on what had happened in the past. I feel that this was not terrible and answered some of my questions but they could have done it a bit more sly.

One of the best parts of this film was the apocalyptic plot and war style action. This style of action was where the director excelled at and really brought the movie from just alright to really good. Michael Caine's character, Jasper, was a pot smoking, hippy scholar. He helped alleviate some of the dramatic scenes with some humor that didn't seem forced a...

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4/4 

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