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Children of Men

34 Ratings: 3.5
A movie directed by Alfonso Cuaron

Presenting a bleak, harrowing, and yet ultimately hopeful vision of humankind's not-too-distant future,Children of Menis a riveting cautionary tale of potential things to come. Set in the crisis-ravaged future of 2027, and based on the atypical 1993 … see full wiki

Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Genre: Action, Adventure
10 reviews about Children of Men
review by . December 02, 2009
Apparently I love Alfonso Cuaron, who directed both this and Y Tu Mama Tambien (as well as the third Harry Potter film). And, in many ways, I like both films for similar reasons: they work on the superficial genre level as well as on deeper intellectual and symbolic levels. Children of Men is an effective science fiction action movie as well as a stellar vision of dystopia, while also serving as religious metaphor, warning of fascism, and the old adage to beware becoming your enemy in order to defeat …
review by . May 04, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
At first, this film seemed to be a sci-fi film noire in the mold of Blade Runner. It portrays a dystopian society in which women lack fertility. Indeed, unlike a lot of sci-fi films nowadays, "Children of Men" does not shy away from making dystopia realistic and grisly. Key characters are killed suddenly, the color palate is mainly grey, and all of the key characters have traits that make them less than admirable. In one chilling scene, an important character is last shown being taken away by troops …
review by . March 06, 2009
I put this DVD in my home theater with surround-sound and must admit that the last 20 minutes of this movie, I literally felt transported into the screen. The effects are that good as well as frightening. The scene called "ceasefire" was gut-wrenchingly poignant. Now to the movie. It was pretty good though not as great as the critics seemed to say. The plot was a little difficult to understand. It appears that Britain in this wacky future world is the only "intact" country remaining after world-wide …
review by . November 17, 2008
Y2K twenty seven   The world is a mess   How things got this bad   Is anyone's guess     Nations are divided   By fighting and hate   But Britain still stands,   A dystopian state     Women are infertile   No patter of feet   Policemen hunt refugees   Right in the street     Clive Owen is brilliant   Perfect for the role   Entangled …
review by . January 09, 2008
Children of Men is one of those rare apocalyptic movies that stimulates apprehension from the first frame. I can't say that watching it was an enjoyable or entertaining experience for me. It sets up a depressingly filthy, hopeless world that makes you want to drench yourself under a hot shower. Visually stunning, atmospherically bleak, teetering on the edge of terror, Children certainly makes its point with undeniable force and immediacy. It was only a day or so after seeing this film that I felt …
review by . June 13, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Film is great at creating a grimy mood      Cons: The story is created of plotholes--it is the afterbirth of a better film      The Bottom Line: It sucks whatever nasty thing you want to think of and it still isn't even bad enough to be a cult film.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.      Ordinarily I stay away from reviewing something that has more than …
review by . June 13, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Amazing film, wonderful cast, gorgeously depicted from start to finish      Cons: Hopeful yet inconclusive ending, pacing, predictable moments      The Bottom Line: The bottom line is fit for hopscotch. "Children of Men" is an amazing achievement in today's typically shallow spread of films.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot. "As the sound of the playgrounds faded, …
review by . May 01, 2007
I wouldn't say this is the best movie I've ever seen, but its close. The enthusiasm of many of the reviews of this picture is entirely justified. Though it is unlikely to make anyone feel 'good', it will offer a thought provoking and chillingly plausible vision of a world sliding into despair. The pseudo-documentary camera work is slightly jarring at times, but lends further weight to the film's sense of being grounded in a realist tradition.    The most outstanding thing in …
review by . April 19, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
I put this DVD in my home theater with surround-sound and must admit that the last 20 minutes of this movie, I literally felt transported into the screen. The effects are that good as well as frightening. The scene called "ceasefire" was gut-wrenchingly poignant. Now to the movie. It was pretty good though not as great as the critics seemed to say. The plot was a little difficult to understand. It appears that Britain in this wacky future world is the only "intact" country remaining after world-wide …
review by . March 29, 2007
CHILDREN OF MEN is a masterpiece of cinematic artistry. Director Alfonso Cuarón, using a screenplay he co-wrote with Timothy J. Sexton, has done what few artists have been able to achieve before - create an apocalyptic experience that is almost devoid of extraneous material meant to terrify the audience and focused the worst of unthinkable events into a personal story about a few people. Oh, the global destruction and masses of dead humanity are not kept from our eyes, but instead Cuarón uses these …
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