Movie Review – Children of Men – Post Apocalyptic

Children of Men

“Children of Men” envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into chaos on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The world’s youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence and warring nationalistic sects, “Children of Men” follows an unlikely champion of Earth’s survival: Theo (Owen), a disillusioned ex-activist turned bureaucrat, who is forced to face his own demons and protect the planet’s last remaining hope

Wow, I can’t believe I missed this one. Picked it up after some of the Ocean’s 13 crew mentioning that Clive Owen was the man and everyone should see Children of Men.

I can’t say I’ve even heard of this movie before that…and I have no idea why.

I was somewhat expecting a depressing drama kind of thing…but this, this is a stunning film, definitely the best post-apocalyptic rendition of London, rather than the mini-USA rendered in V for Vendetta. It’s banged straight in at #125 on IMDB’s Top 250 Movies!

It somewhat loosely based on a 1992 novel of the same name by P.D. James, I haven’t read the book so I can’t really judge on that part.

Clive Owen is really good as Theo and he is at his drunken, ruffled, depressed best he holds the movie all through along with relative newcomer Claire-Hope Ashitey as Kee.

Clive Owen

It certainly is a fast paced thriller, it slows down at time for some character development and introduction of gems like Michael Caine’s pot smoking hippy friend and the old-flame Julianne Moore.

The film doesn’t let you go with the bombing at the beginning all the way through the twists and turns to the epic 30 minute battle at the end. It has many facets aswell as a socio-political commentary, it echoes some modern events, but does so subtly enough that it does distract from the main story. It also has some nice references to pink floyd, the current immigration problems in various countries (especially UK), homeland security and a few others.

The soundtrack is something else aswell, totally nuts.

Film wise, it’s beautiful shot with some extremely long continuous takes adding to the tension and most of the film was shot in natural light giving it an extremely realistic feel. It reminds me in some ways of 28 days laterthe sequel of which I missed due to the fact they decided to only show it at 3pm.

It’s so un-Hollywood as well, like the scene with the blood on the camera, Hollywood would have cleaned that shit off.

I’m really glad to see people still can make good, moving films…

I suggest everyone go see this, NOW.

I give it a resounding 9.5/10.

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8 Responses to Movie Review – Children of Men – Post Apocalyptic

  1. Grant S. July 6, 2007 at 10:19 am #

    Pretty damn surprised you missed this one as well! It was one of the best, superbly directed, well acted and, as you state, totally “un-Hollywood sanitized” films that I have watched this year. Never a big Clive Owen fan before – much more so after this. Slight “over-hamming it” award to Michael (any bit parts going today?) Caine ;)
    Unmissable.
    And worth a second watch, too.

  2. Z July 6, 2007 at 11:33 am #

    Watched it last month, possibly one of the best films of 2007. Michael Caine the hippie was a great cast LOL.

    Not sure whether you have watched this or not, but I recommend The Live of Others to everyone who wants something different from the usual Hollywood fluff. Its in German, but great stuff none the less. XD

  3. chris July 6, 2007 at 1:49 pm #

    the camera work is totally awesome!

  4. ponikuta July 6, 2007 at 9:14 pm #

    loved it. watched it some time ago when it came out in Australia. Definitely worth watching and would recommend it. Cinematography was great and the dramatic cause was kept us on our toes throughout the film. Very similar to the recent Hannibal Rising. Pretty good I must add.

  5. syahrin Aziz July 9, 2007 at 12:14 am #

    I really love this movie.. I love when the some of scenes keep on playing without cut intrigues me..

  6. ShaolinTiger July 10, 2007 at 1:59 pm #

    Grant S.: Yah I guess because it wasn’t released at the cinema here it managed to pass under my radar. Definitely worth another watch – Clive Owen is indeed coming along.

    Z: 100% agree, never seen Michael Caine play a part like that either. Lives of Others looks good, will try and find it.

    chris: I agree, some really hard hitting stuff.

    ponikuta: I haven’t watched Hannibal Rising, I heard it was rather confusing.

    syahrin Aziz: The camera work was fantastic and there was some really long single shots.

  7. nocturnale July 10, 2007 at 8:53 pm #

    Yes, u should read the book too! Very unreal. Very well-done too. Makes for fine reading.

  8. ShaolinTiger July 11, 2007 at 1:49 pm #

    nocturnale: I’ll certainly pick it up if I come across it.