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Yojimbo's Movie Reviews (2316)

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Children of Men 
"Children Of Men" by Yojimbo
4/4 stars

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 journey and it is more than worthwhile. The scene involving the siege on the tower block alone is remarkable and I actually thought it would have made a fitting ending right there. Even better on repeated viewings.


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