Reviews

Children of Men

Universal Pictures

Mark Haddon

"A scene where guns are silenced by the sound of a crying baby cuts straight to the heart of the matter and lingers afterwards. Like the film on the whole, the surrounding noise can be distracting, but there are deeper truths that strike a chord."

Stella Papamichael, www.bbc.co.uk/films/

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I really love this film.  I never got round to reviewing it when I saw it at the cinema, but I watched it again recently at home and remembered how much I enjoyed it the first time round.  Children of Men is not a relaxing film; if you're looking for something soft and fluffy, something to chuckle at one Sunday afternoon then this is not the film.  However, it is definitely worth a watch.

The film is set in 2027 and the world has fallen apart.  For some reason - the film doesn't even try to explain - women have become infertile and no children have been born for over 18 years.  The film takes a completely different angle to that of most other films about the future; nothing is shiney and new or technologically advanced.  The main character Theo (Clive Owen) lives in London and the film opens in the city which is tired and dirty.  An explosion a mere few minutes in further underlines the troubled times in which the film is set.

There is a continuing feeling of hope beneath all of the dispair when Theo meets Kee - a young woman who miraculously is 8 months pregnant. However, the hatred towards all non-British people means Kee cannot just go to the government with the news because she fears losing her child.  Theo has to help his ex-wife Julian (Julianne Moore) to get Kee out of the country to the Human Project.

The story that follows is dark and intense.  I got a very real feeling from the film and it is easy to believe that things could go this way so easily in the future.  It shows how children are the embodiment of hope and the future, and their absence results in a world with no care or regard for one another.  It is terrible to see the violent nature of humanity without children to nurture and protect.

The story isn't all doom and gloom though.  The sound of Kee's baby crying silences hundreds of people and hope returns to peoples faces when they see her.  The final scene (which I won't ruin for you) leaves you with the feeling that, in the desperate world of 2027, no-one matters but Kee and her baby - they are the future of the human race.

 

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Reviewed on 07/04/2007 by Angela

 

Reviewed item details

BBC review: http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2006/09/18/children_of_men_2006_review.shtml

IMDB: http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0206634/ (all photos sourced from IMDB)

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Comments

Just watched this again on DVD - a powerful film with excellent acting from Clive Owen.

Sam on 27/06/2009


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