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This movie is amazing.
The concept to the follow through is just so provoking and gripping that any audience can stay hooked. The cinematography is acclaimed by all lovers or students of film to be not only technically challenging but visually interesting. The director does many moving camera one takes that take a lot of planning and dedication to pull off. The cinematographer is creative.
The story. Wow, the story. It is scary that it could actually happen. It is not so far fetched as most futuristic movies tend to be.
Very dark and dystopian movie. I wasn't terribly impressed by it, because I found myself frustrated by so much time being used by action sequences, when I really wanted to learn more about the futuristic society instead! I was much more interested in how the society had come to look like that, than in whether or not the two main characters would "get away". Of course it didn't help that there was no resolution at all, so the story could still go any which way, even after the credits were rolling.
|Clive Owen||Theo Faron|
|Juan Gabriel Yacuzzi||Baby Diego (as Juan Yacuzzi)|
|Michael Caine||Jasper Palmer|
|Jon Chevalier||Café Customer|
|Rita Davies||Café Customer|
|Kim Fenton||Café Customer|
|Chris Gilbert||Café Customer|
|Atalanta White||Café Customer (as Atlanta White)|
|Phoebe Hawthorne||Café Customer|
|Rebecca Howard||Café Customer|
|Laurence Woodbridge||Café Customer|
|Michael Haughey||Mr. Griffiths|
|Dhaffer L'Abidine||Fish Dhafer|
|Goran Kostic||Bexhill Market Hustler|
|Miriam Karlin||Caged German Grandmother|
|Simon Poland||Preacher Trafalgar Square|
|Caroline Lena Olsson||Caroline|
|Rob Inch||Road Traffic Police|
|Emmanuel Lubezki||Director of Photography|
|Armyan Bernstein||Executive Producer|
|Timothy J. Sexton||Screenplay|
|Thomas A. Bliss||Executive Producer|
|John Tavener||Original Music Composer|
"The future's a thing of the past."
"No children. No future. No hope."
"The last days of human race."
"The Year 2027."
"He must protect our only hope."
"In 20 years, women are infertile. No children. No future. No hope. But all that can change in a heartbeat."
"No child has been born for 18 years."
In 2027, after 18 years of global female infertility, civilization is on the brink of collapse as humanity faces the grim reality of extinction. The United Kingdom, one of the few stable nations with a functioning government, has been deluged by asylum seekers from around the world, fleeing the chaos and war which has taken hold in most countries. In response, Britain has become a militarized police state as British forces round up and detain immigrants. Kidnapped by an immigrants' rights group known as the Fishes, former activist turned cynical bureaucrat Theo Faron (Clive Owen) is brought to its leader, his estranged American wife Julian Taylor (Julianne Moore), from whom he separated after their son died from a flu pandemic in 2008.
Julian offers Theo money to acquire transit papers for a young refugee named Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey), which Theo obtains from his cousin Nigel (Danny Huston), a government minister. However, the bearer must be accompanied, so Theo agrees to escort Kee in exchange for a larger sum. Luke (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a Fishes member, drives them and former midwife Miriam (Pam Ferris) towards the coast to a boat. They are ambushed by an armed gang and Julian is fatally shot. Luke kills two police officers who stop their car and they escape to a safe house.
Kee is the only known female to be pregnant, revealing her importance to Theo. Julian had told her to only trust Theo, intending to hand Kee to the "Human Project", a supposed scientific group in the Azores dedicated to curing infertility. However, Luke persuades Kee to stay. That night, Theo eavesdrops on a meeting of Luke and other members and discovers that Julian's death was orchestrated by the group so they could use the baby as a political tool to support the coming revolution. Theo wakes Kee and Miriam and they steal a car, escaping to the secluded hideaway of Theo's aging hippie friend Jasper Palmer (Michael Caine), a former editorial cartoonist who cares for his catatonic wife.
A plan is formulated to board the Human Project ship Tomorrow which will arrive offshore from the Bexhill refugee camp and Jasper proposes getting Syd (Peter Mullan), a camp guard he knows, to smuggle them in. The Fishes trail the group and Jasper stays behind to stall them, giving the government-issued suicide drug Quietus to his wife. Before escaping with Miriam and Kee, Theo is horrified witnessing the Fishes murder Jasper, but is forced to move on. They eventually meet Syd, who transports them to Bexhill disguised as prisoners. When Kee begins having contractions on a bus, Miriam distracts a suspicious guard by feigning mania and is taken away.
At the camp Theo and Kee meet the gypsy woman Marichka (Oana Pellea), who provides a room. That night, Kee gives birth to a girl. The next day, Syd informs Theo and Kee that a war between the British Army and the refugees, including the Fishes, has begun. After seeing the baby, Syd threatens to turn them in, but Marichka beats him and the group escapes. Amidst the fighting, the Fishes capture Kee. Theo tracks her and her baby to an apartment under heavy fire from the military and escorts her out. Awed by the baby, the combatants stop fighting temporarily, enabling them to escape. Marichka leads them to a boat in a sewer and Theo rows away, revealing to Kee that he had been shot. As they watch the bombing of Bexhill by the Royal Air Force from a distance, Kee tells Theo she will name her baby Dylan after Theo's son. Theo then slumps forward and dies, as the Tomorrow approaches through the fog.
Theatrical : 2007-01-05 : United States of America
DVD : 2007-03-27
2006-12-25 : United States of America