Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring: Clive Owen, Julianna Moore, Michael Cain
I went into the film with a lot of worry. I worried that the story - in the dystopian future of 2027, where people are infertile, one woman becomes pregnant, and the alcoholic hero (Clive Owen) has to take her to "The Human Project", a mystical safe haven.
The film is set in the UK, which suprised me, the rest of the world has fallen into anarchy, brief clips of news show the rest of the world burning. The UK is the last safe country, thanks to a facist government who have closed the borders and are rounding up every illegal immigrant and sticking them in a huge concentration camp. It begins with the news that the youngest person in the world - age 18 - has just been killed.
The film does not let up the tension for a second, the sense of opression is perfect, the sets are beautiful, and the film flows seamlessly from scene to scene. The action scenes - and there are a lot of them - are varied and each one is beautiful in it's own right, from a band of terrorists chasing a car to tanks levelling buildings, each one capitalises completely on the tension.
Clive Owen is fantastic, played perfectly, he is no action hero, he is not a hollywood-drunk, he plays a character who is still in love with his ex-wife, and is dumped with the only pregnant woman in the world - the last hope for all of humanity. His character development is subtle, but played perfectly.
The pregnant woman - Kee - isn't as good, she switches between whiny and butch, which gets bit grating from time to time, but she serves her purpose as a counterpart for Clive Owen.
Children of Men takes us from the muddy streets of London, through the countryside to a ghetto for illegal immigrants, each environment is perfectly crafted, from the graffitti on the walls (much of which has been used in the promotional materials - The last person to die, please turn out the lights) to the costumes. The police, in full riot gear and the illegal immigrants locked in cages are perfectly designed.
You shouldn't read the rest of the thread, though some people will probably complain about the ending, you should just go out and pay the $10 to see it.
From here, the film follows a somewhat reluctant Clive Owen as he comes to term with the fact that a woman is pregnant, and that he has to take care of her.
PROS: Facism, Fear, Hatred and Hope.
CONS: Claire-Hope Ashitey - an unknown actress as the last hope for all humanity wasn't the best hope.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: http://imdb.com/title/tt0206634/
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