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Saturday, January 06, 2007

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.

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15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh oh oh oh oh - I want to see this one sooooooo bad and I'm so glad you had only positive to say because that makes me even more excited. When I first heard about this one I just tingled because it looked that good. Interesting topic, sexy Clive Owen, and directed by Cuaron, what more can you ask for? Oh yeah, you could have Viggo Mortensen naked it in but that would be too much to ask I suppose ;)

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been hearing good things about this one. I'm pretty interested in seeing it, too. I'm glad you gave it the Metro Reco stamp of approval!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Lisa b said...

this one got four stars in the globe
its kind of driving me crazy bc I am just so wimpy for this kind of flick but everyone is raving about it

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally want to see this one! (but i kind of have to see casino royale first ... don't tell anyone)

1:28 AM  
Anonymous jen said...

I saw it as well - I loved a lot of the elements - Pink Floyd album covers anyone? Brilliance. Had to come home and listen to the album to see what symbolism was being derived.

Agree in the cinematography. Interesting interview online w/ the director, too.

11:43 AM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Jen - interesting...what did you come up with? I think it's definitely a movie that deserves a second viewing.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Glad to hear the movie is fantastic, I was waiting to hear some reviews before I went to see it, I have been looking forward to seeing it. I absolutely loved the book, I read it when it first came out years ago...P.D. James is one of my favourite mystery novelists. The book was amazing, chilling and fascinating. I have a mad crush on Clive Owen, so it will be a double treat!

4:39 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

I like me a bleak premise actually...I am itching to see this.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That scene w/ the floating pig is from PF's Animals album cover, and if you delve into that album, it uses pigs, dogs, and sheep as metaphors for government/politicians/business people/rest of us...fascinating.

6:40 PM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Thanks Jen. Interesting. I really want to see it again, I think there is lots of symbolism I missed the first time.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll probably have to wait for the DVD, but I would like to see this movie. Especially because it has Clive Owen.
:-)

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been wondering about this film, the commercials seem vague to me. Thanks for the rundown.

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7:18 AM  
Anonymous Bloor West Mama said...

My husband and I were totally wondering how good the movie was. I was worried that it would not be as exciting as the commercials make it out to be.

Thanks for the recommendation.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Haley-O said...

I've been wondering about this movie, mainly because mmmm....Cliiiiive. I have such a crush on him. I've been reluctant to see it because of the subject matter, but now maybe I will. Thanks for the reco, Metro!

10:28 PM  
Anonymous krista said...

I love reading your review. Books, movies, whatever.

I think you could freelance doing writing reviews. I can imagine reading it Now magazine, or the entertainment section of the paper.

Anyway, just saying, you are good at capturing the essence of things.

I hadn't heard of this movie. Sounds very worthwhile.

9:11 AM  

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