Movie Review: Children of Men (2006)

Movies_Films_C_Children_of_Men_009509_

With the world being what it is I suspect it won’t take long until it all goes down the crapper. I guess you could say that it already has with every terrible thing that’s happened within the past 15 – 20 years, but i mean totally gone to shit. Not just losing faith in humanity, but the world also being terrible in general. And that is why i think some of these post-apocalyptic(ish) movies are a good warning because a lot of them might actually become a reality.

Men and women… “Chidlren of Men”.

The world has gone to shit. Humans have become infertile and can therefore not make any more babies. And if they can’t make any more babies, there will be no new humans, and if there are no new humans then the human race is fucked! But miraculously there turns out to exist one pregnant woman (Clare-Hope Ashitey). So it is up to a former activist (Clive Owen) to get her to safety because he was lured in by his ex-wife Julian (Julianne Moore) to help out. And out of all post-apocalyptic stories i have seen/read, this might be the most realistic one. Like I said in the beginning, these post-apocalyptic worlds might actually become a reality. I mean, as much as the human race tampers with chemicals and all that crazy shit I wouldn’t be surprised if they somehow managed to make us all infertile t some point in time. And if we count away those scary thoughts for a second, this story is fantastic. The realistic, dark and grim world this movie portrays was infinitely interesting and led to a lot of thinking from my side. The story also works because it feels like it’s made up of three parts. First you have the chase thriller that gets your heart pumping, second we have a cautionary tale of how our world might become (hence the realism I mentioned), then we have the third part which is a human drama and how societies struggle to survive. All of these combined makes for an excellent story.

The characters in this movie all feel like real people stuck in this terrible situation. Clive Owen gives an excellent performance as our main character Theo who wants to help out. Julianne Moore is also really good and so is Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Caine. Clare-Hope Ashitey is an actress I had never even heard of before, but she was pretty damn great too. Everybody was great, in fact. They were also very well written.

The score for the movie was done by John Tavener and it was really good. It was used in a way where it didn’t feel overused, but also not underused. I don’t really know what to say, I guess… it was a pretty powerful score that was really good.

This movie is incredibly well shot! It was directed by Alfonso Cuarón and he really showed here that he is a master class director. Still, I didn’t know what to expect considering the only thing I have seen from him is “Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban” (Sidenote: My favorite “Harry Potter” movie.). Yes, I have not seen “Gravity” so I couldn’t go by those merits when expecting things for this movie. Anyway, he directed this and did an amazing job. I especially love how he at many points used continuous shots, it really made the movie more real than if they had cut at every opportunity, and for that I respect this movie a lot. Also, don’t expect this movie to be heavy on the visual effects because it really isn’t. And the effects it uses are mostly practical which is another reason why I respect this movie so much when it comes to how it was made.

This movie has been very well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 92% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 84/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,9/10. The movie was also nominated for 3 Oscars in the categories of Best Adapted Screenplay, Best cinematography and Best FIlm Editing. 

“Children of Men” is a dark, grim and realistic look at a possible near future with an excellent story, terrific performances, great music, excellent direction and great writing. Time for my final score. *Cleasrs throat*. My final score for “Children of Men” is a 9,90/10. It definitely deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“Children of Men” is now reviewed.

This might fucking happen, so start doing something to prevent it!

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.