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Children of Men

 

The Diva's review of
Children of Men(2006)

 

Children of Men Rated R; running time of 1 hour and 54 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi
Written by: Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus based on the book by P.D. James
Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Claire-Hope Ashitey, Pam Ferris, Danny Huston, Peter Mullan, Oana Pellea, Paul Sharma and Jacek Koman
U.S. Release Date: 12/25/06


WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

In 2009, all the world’s pregnant women begin to miscarry. This inexplicable situation soon leads to all the women of the world being infertile. Fast forward to the year 2027 and the youngest human has been killed and the world is gripped with angst. Imagine this for a moment. For 18 years, not one new person has been born and the only place on the planet that is not in complete chaos is Britain.

But things are not exactly perfect in the U.K. since it didn’t implode, people from all over the world have flocked to the country and have been label “fugee’s” (short for refugee) These people are quarantined to camps and treated like common animals.This is the situation that faces Theo Faron (Clive Owen) on the day of the death of the youngest human. Thro himself used to be an activist, but the death fo his own child, changed him and he has spent the past 16 years deadening himself to emotions. He has become so uncaring that he uses the death of the youngster as an excuse to go out to the countryside and get high with his best friend, former political cartoonist, Jasper (Michael Caine). His attitude is soon adjusted when his ex-wife Julian Taylor (Julianne Moore), who is the leader of an activist group, kidnaps him and asks for his help. She and her right-hand man, Luke, (Chiwetel Ejiofor) have in their care a young black girl in her early 20s named Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey). She is a fugee and she is 8 months pregnant. Believing that the government will take her child or exploit her or god knows what they’ll try. But there is a mole in Julian’s organization that complicates matters. Can Theo and Kee make it safely to a human rights organization before everyone with their own agenda’s find them and take the unborn child?

The Dish

Whoa. A black woman saves humanity. Okay I got that out of my system. I’ve never read the book, so I don’t know if the movie was an accurate adaptation of the book. That said, what an amazing and thought provoking film! I can’t even imagine a orld without the cries of babies. And why isn’t there peace on earth? The population is not being replaced so why kill the existing population with rioting and the senseless killing of refugees? Doesn’t make sense to me.

But this isn’t a complaint about the story, but moreso, the likely reaction brought on by “human” nature. That aside, this is one of the best movies of the year. The acting is above reproach and the journey we are taking on is rich, yet bleak and exciting, yet scary. Serious, yet moments of humor. And I think it had to be funny at times, to alleviate the weight of the film. If it weren’t for Dreamgirls, in my opinion this would be the movie to beat in the Oscar race.

The Directive

Add this to your list of must see’s for the Holiday Season.

3BC Ratings

red light

 

This is a great movie, yes it’s heavy and yes it’s depressing, but wonderful characters and an amazing story more than make up for the sad reality of the film.. .


Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2006
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