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Children of Men (2006)

Cast: Clive Owen, Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, more...
Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Alfonso Cuarón
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction , Suspense/Thriller
Running Time: 110 min.
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Y Tu Mamá También and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón returns to the helm to tell this futuristic tale in which society is without hope since humankind lost its ability to procreate. The year is 2027, and women can no longer give birth. The youngest inhabitant of the planet has just died at the age of 18, and all hope for humanity has been lost. As civilization descends into chaos, a dying world finds one last chance for survival in the form of a woman who has become inexplicably pregnant. Now, as warring nationalistic sects clash and British leaders try to maintain their totalitarian stronghold on the country, a disillusioned bureaucrat (Clive Owen) is brought back into the fold of activism by his guerrilla ex-wife (Julianne Moore). Reluctantly, he takes on the daunting task of escorting Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey), the refugee who represents humankind's last hope for survival, out of harm's way and into the care of a mysterious organization known as The Human Project. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, and Michael Caine co-star in this adaptation of author P.D. James's gripping 1992 novel. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Nostalgia for the present and a warning by SBarnett May 9, 2007 - 2:17 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
"Children of Men," the latest in a long line of post-apocalyptic (or apocalypse-in-progress) films, works best when it evokes a nostalgia for the present and pointedly warns us about current trends. Yet the backstory is so compelling that the film spends too much time explaining it, especially when it resorts to clumsy dialogue to do so. In the first minute, the entire premise is laid out in a voice-over montage; we hear details of the backstory again and again, usually from the characters themselves. When not informing each other of what happened to them in the past, the characters speak some truly awful lines. Michael Caine is the bright spot in all of this. Julianne Moore seems wasted on a character whose motivations and intentions are impossible to grasp--a misused remnant from the novel. The action scenes are exciting, and the last twenty minutes are harrowing and riveting. But compared to "On the Beach," "A Boy and His Dog," "The Sacrifice," "The Handmaid's Tale," and "12 Monkeys," this film feels thin even if it does look convincing.

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(Average 7.75)
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