Review Date: December 28, 2006
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Writer: Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby
Producers: Eric Newman, Hilary Shor, Iain Smith, Tony Smith
Clive Owen as Theo
Julianne Moore as Julian
Chiwetel Ejifor as Luke
My biggest issue with the film was probably its first hour, which certainly started off with a really great premise, but ultimately seemed to drag down into one scene of Owen getting into a car/truck and being followed by the baddies, to another sequence featuring yet more of the chase. After a while, I felt myself rolling the ol’ eyeballs and wondering if the film was going to delve deeper into the moral and spiritual issues surrounding this end-of-world scenario. The film did ultimately touch on some of those topics, featured a handful of unexpected moments and did, in the end, pull me in emotionally via an impactful final half hour or so, but I guess I would have preferred some more variety before all that, as the film felt like it wasn’t moving forward as profoundly as I’d been led to believe (then again, I probably missed the film’s symbolism or some shit). But as per any review of a movie that features an original and non-clichéd story-line and not a mom, dad and their 12 fruity kids, I have to offer further props to the filmmakers for, at the very least, providing us with a creative and debate-worthy plotline that should get people speaking to one another after their viewing, as opposed to forgetting about what they just saw, five minutes after walking out of the theater.
All that said, I was secretly hoping that this was a film that I would want to revisit every now and again (and maybe I will, who knows…I feel like I’m “missing” something), and maybe even slip its way into my all-time favorite science-fiction movie list, but that was certainly not the case here, as I did enjoy the film overall, but didn’t get bowled over by it as so many other fans have. Sniff, sniff…I feel so left out.