Movie Review – Children of Men

In the near future, the world is falling apart. War, social upheaval and cival unrest as led to Britains borders being shut and all refugees being kept in camps. The possible cause of all this. Infertility. No one has given birth in nearly twenty years. When Theo is asked to help a young woman get to the open see, he takes the job for money but soon he is doing it for a lot more.

This is a bleak outlook for the future of the planet. Everything is falling down, and Britain is portrayed in a very similar vein to the Britain in V for Vendetta. This movie though looks and feels so different. Visually, it feels like a documentary as you have long shots that last for minutes on end while bullets fly and bombs explode. Some of the camera work is truly special, with a mixture of handheld shots and slow pans that seem to take forever.
Starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor (still have no idea how to pronounce his name) and Michael Caine, this movie is believable, from the plot to the action, to the violence which seems very realistic. This is a seriously amazing movie.

Throughout this movie, while there is death and violence, there is humour and hope. The humour is not only used to lighten a movie that perhaps could be too dark for most people’s taste but it also shows that no matter the situation, someone somewhere will find something funny.

Children of Men is a moving, dramatic, thrilling, action packed, realistic portrayl of the future, a future I hope doesn’t come about. It has been classed as a science fiction movie because of being set in a near future but it much more than that. This is one of those movies that if you like movies at all, you must see. Its a movie that should get a mention come awards season. This is a movie you have to watch and perhaps own. It really is that good.

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