Metro Reco: Children of Men
I just returned from seeing Children of Men and had to rush to my computer to tell you about it. It’s an extraordinary film. Set in London in 2027, the movie opens with the death of Diego, the world’s youngest human being, at the age of eighteen. No babies have been born in eighteen years and the world is in a state of chaos. Government worker Theo (Clive Owen) is suffering from depression and alcoholism. He is enlisted by former love, rebellion leader Julian (Julianne Moore) to help the miraculously pregnant Kee escape the country and potentially save the world.
The film is gripping and terrifying, the tension being occasionally relieved with quirky humour. Clive Owen is perfection, as is the supporting cast, particularly Michael Caine as the feisty, rebellious Jasper. The cinematography is fantastic. One long combat scene is shot in one take, the lens temporarily obscured by dust and blood.
The film was directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who also directed Y Tu Mama Tambien (also a wonderful film) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Don’t let the bleak premise of the movie prevent you from seeing it. Though deeply disturbing at times, the film ultimately celebrates courage and faith and finds humanity in the unlikeliest of places.
This is a rich film, one I would like to see again.