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Children of Men (2006)
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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
Actors:
Clive Owen as Theo
Julianne Moore as Julian
Chiwetel Ejifor as Luke
Plot:
The year is 2027 and most countries have fallen apart due to anarchy touched off by the sudden inability of women to produce babies anymore. That’s right, it’s only a matter of time before everyone in the world gets washed off the planet, and most of them aren’t even wearing shades. This film focuses on the issues taking place in England, as the leftover citizens are attempting to get by, before it all just falls apart. Kinda like my own psyche, but with actors in it, rather than clowns.
Critique:
I had heard a ton of gushing praise for this futuristic look at our world coming apart, and was looking very forward to immersing myself fully into the movie, but sadly, I wasn’t as engaged in its plotline as I’d hoped, as the film eventually leads to some interesting sequences, but takes a little too much time getting there, and even felt redundant here and there. I’m a big fan of apocalyptic flicks, and sci-fi movies have grown on me as I myself age, but for some reason, I wasn’t able to fully connect with this film or its characters, at least not until its final 20 minutes or so. Sure, Clive Owen offers yet another solid performance in the lead role, and many of its secondary players come through in their respective roles, but I guess I was looking for a little more insight, a little more depth and definitely, a lot more immersion into this bleak world. That’s not to say that the film doesn’t look brilliant, because it most certainly does, and the directing was top-notch, particularly a 10-minute DePalma-esque pan shot that will astound most anyone who notices it. The film’s look and feel were also quite authentic as the world obviously seemed to be falling apart, much like in 28 DAYS LATER, but instead of zombies running amuck, it was the world’s citizens that were befriending my friend and yours, anarchy.

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.
(c) 2017 Berge Garabedian
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6:45PM on 04/21/2007
I can't believe this movie wasn't nominated for eight or nine oscars. It's simply brilliant and Clive Owen does one of their best works.

This film is on the top of my favourite sci-fi movies.
I can't believe this movie wasn't nominated for eight or nine oscars. It's simply brilliant and Clive Owen does one of their best works.

This film is on the top of my favourite sci-fi movies.
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5:24PM on 02/24/2007

Great

How can this movie not be nominated for best picture at the oscars? Or best director? Those one take shots are amazing.
How can this movie not be nominated for best picture at the oscars? Or best director? Those one take shots are amazing.
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7:53PM on 01/15/2007

I'll have to agree

I thought this movie was good... but that's about it. I was waiting for it to grab me by the balls or something after hearing so many people cream over it... but it never happened. And I kept hoping for some more development or insight into the story.
I thought this movie was good... but that's about it. I was waiting for it to grab me by the balls or something after hearing so many people cream over it... but it never happened. And I kept hoping for some more development or insight into the story.
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5:25PM on 01/06/2007

Best Picture of the Year. Without doubt.

An amazing film. Excellent performances and wonderfully chilling visuals. I loved it! I hope it wins the Oscar for Best Picture.
An amazing film. Excellent performances and wonderfully chilling visuals. I loved it! I hope it wins the Oscar for Best Picture.
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12:27AM on 01/02/2007

Best Film of 2006

Amazing, simply amazing. Perfect in every way. Action-packed, touching, hilarious, relevant, everything, absolutely everything you demand in a film is here. Alfonso Cuaron's direction is absolutely incredible.
Amazing, simply amazing. Perfect in every way. Action-packed, touching, hilarious, relevant, everything, absolutely everything you demand in a film is here. Alfonso Cuaron's direction is absolutely incredible.
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6:53PM on 12/28/2006

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This movie is by far the best serious movie I have seen this year.
If you give 8/10 to Signs this one deserves at least a 9 only for the wonderful sequence of SEVEN MINUTES with the steadycam towards the end of the movie! That was fu**ing incredible... !!
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It litterally blew my mind!
If you like good photography and want to see a clever movie... i recommend this one!

Ciao!
Zo
This movie is by far the best serious movie I have seen this year.
If you give 8/10 to Signs this one deserves at least a 9 only for the wonderful sequence of SEVEN MINUTES with the steadycam towards the end of the movie! That was fu**ing incredible... !!
°_°

It litterally blew my mind!
If you like good photography and want to see a clever movie... i recommend this one!

Ciao!
Zo
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4:29PM on 12/28/2006
I just saw this film. I really enjoyed the sub-themes and especially the ending. It took me a while to get into it; luckily there was some humor and some interesting side characters to keep the pace up. I love the directing: some of the long, non-cutting shots are spectacular and fun to watch, notice, and keep up with. Really good and thought provoking movie.
I just saw this film. I really enjoyed the sub-themes and especially the ending. It took me a while to get into it; luckily there was some humor and some interesting side characters to keep the pace up. I love the directing: some of the long, non-cutting shots are spectacular and fun to watch, notice, and keep up with. Really good and thought provoking movie.
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2:03PM on 12/28/2006

Wow

It's too bad you didn't connect to it that well. I personally thought it was the best film of the year and an absolute masterpiece - symbolism aside, the film is simply so amazingly directed, designed, shot, acted, and crafted that you have to admire it for being one of the most amazing examples of the cinematic craft. The whole design of the futuristic world is meticulous down to the tiniest details in the background. The plot is great, but I dunno - the film was just engaging. It grabbed me
It's too bad you didn't connect to it that well. I personally thought it was the best film of the year and an absolute masterpiece - symbolism aside, the film is simply so amazingly directed, designed, shot, acted, and crafted that you have to admire it for being one of the most amazing examples of the cinematic craft. The whole design of the futuristic world is meticulous down to the tiniest details in the background. The plot is great, but I dunno - the film was just engaging. It grabbed me from frame one and kept me engaged and involved all the way through. There are some gut-wrenchingly emotional scenes all throughout, although I agree that the film's climax is its most amazing section. The fact that it is absolutely swimming in symbolism is just another bonus. Give it another watch - perhaps you'll pick up on something you didn't the first time.
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