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Children of Men (2006)

aka Children of Men

"The future's a thing of the past."

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Details: 109 mins · English, Español, Deutsch, Italiano, Arabic, Român · R (USA)

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Gripping

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.
Beautifully told.

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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.

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Cast:

Small Theo Faron
No_movie_poster Baby Diego (as Juan Yacuzzi)
Small Jasper Palmer
No_movie_poster Newsreader
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No_movie_poster Café Customer
Small Luke
No_movie_poster Café Customer
No_movie_poster Café Customer
Small Julian
No_movie_poster Café Customer
Small Patric
No_movie_poster Café Customer (as Atlanta White)
No_movie_poster Café Customer
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No_movie_poster Café Customer
No_movie_poster Shirley
Small Ian
No_movie_poster Mr. Griffiths
Small Kee
Small Fish Dhafer
Small Zara
Small Nigel
Small Syd
No_movie_poster Marichka
No_movie_poster Tomasz
Small Bexhill Market Hustler
No_movie_poster Rado
No_movie_poster Sirdjan
Small Alex
Small Caged German Grandmother
No_movie_poster Preacher Trafalgar Square
Small Miriam
No_movie_poster Caroline
No_movie_poster Road Traffic Police

Crew:

No_movie_poster Emmanuel Lubezki Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Iain Smith Producer
Small Alfonso Cuarón Director
Small Marc Abraham Producer
No_movie_poster Eric Newman Producer
No_movie_poster David Arata Screenplay
No_movie_poster Armyan Bernstein Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Timothy J. Sexton Screenplay
No_movie_poster Thomas A. Bliss Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Pablo Casacuberta Producer
No_movie_poster Hilary Shor Producer
No_movie_poster Tony Smith Producer
No_movie_poster John Tavener Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Mark Fergus Screenplay
No_movie_poster Hawk Ostby Screenplay
No_movie_poster P.D. James Novel
Small Alfonso Cuarón Writer
Small Alfonso Cuarón Editing
No_movie_poster Alex Rodríguez Editing

Taglines:

"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."

Plot:

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.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2007-01-05 : United States of America

DVD : 2007-03-27

2006-12-25 : United States of America