Genres: Drama, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Thriller and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.
Release Date: December 25th, 2006 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language, some drug use and brief nudity.
Distributors: Universal Pictures Distribution
Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron
JJ Rating: A-
Women have become infertile for some unknown reason. There is a religious group that states it’s because God has seen how horrible they’ve been and is keeping them from breeding. There is a group of activist that got hold of a woman that is pregnant and they want to get her to the Human Project but they need outside help. They get this help but things start to go wrong and so it’s a struggle to get the woman to the Human Project and that is the summed up idea of Children of Men.
Julianne Moore did a good job of acting. Clive Owen and Michael Caine were just hysterical together as well as serious. They surprised me. Chiewtel Ejiofor was fantastic. He made you feel for him what he should. I can’t say more than that it’ll leak too much info.
Children of Men looked as if it pulled situations from the past to place in a situation they created in the future. There was a hint of terrorism of now with some holocaust, Nazi rule and a pinch of American Homeland Security. It was mixed so well that it seemed like it was a possible outcome of the future. There were small details that just added to the realism that was presented on screen and it made the movie that much better.
Owen had gathered people to escape by car. This scene is the best chase scene I’ve ever scene. Ha. It’s great. It’s hard to explain outside the fact that it’s not the fastest chase scene but it is one of the very best. I thought of that as I watched it progress.
I enjoyed the humor that was woven into the seriousness of the movie. The movie itself is drably shot but it still had the wit to give off a few laughs here and there.
One of the best scenes in the movie has to do with silence. That silence reminded me of a moment that people have talked about during WWII when Christmas time arrived and both sides that were fighting stopped fighting for a time. This silent moment is part of a 17 minute scene that was shot in one shot. It’s amazing.
The only reason this movie doesn’t get an A or higher is because the ending has not grown on me. I understand endings like that but I just wanted something a little more. I do totally understand why they created that ending but that still doesn’t squash my wanting of something more. So I had to just give it an A-; which is pretty darn good.
In stories there is what is called foreshadowing and it’s a telling of what is to come. It seems to me Hollywood is doing a bit of foreshadowing for the governments. These movies that talk about the future dunked in bleakness are not going to come true but it is a type of foreshadowing the governments should take seriously. Because movies like that are created based on what is seen now in the world and what they believe will be the future. Based on how things are now, Children of Men does not seem so much like a fiction as it does non-fiction.