Children of Men
2006, Mystery and thriller/Sci fi, 1h 49m253 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings
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Children of Men works on every level: as a violent chase thriller, a fantastical cautionary tale, and a sophisticated human drama about societies struggling to live. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for Children of Men
Children of Men founders in its latter moments -- not a lot, but enough. Its failure is less one of plot than of something deeper, a composing idea to undergird the plot.
A film that has much to recommend it, not least the proof it offers, as if any more were needed, that Alfonso Cuarón is one of the most visually inspired directors working today.
Alfonso Cuaron stages some terrific set-pieces, and the production designers deserve credit for making London in 2027 look like the grunge capital of the world, ie, like now, only more so. One small problem: I didn't believe any of it.April 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
P.D. James's novel must have made more sense than Cuarón's cheerful but incoherent screen adaptation.
For all Cuarón's expertise in whipping up his film's elements into a pungent and frightening stew, the movie's technical brilliance can be blinding. The story and characters remain all but skeletal.
If you thought the battle scenes in... Saving Private Ryan were tough going, the final 20 minutes of Children of Men will not only shake you, they'll have you revising your expectations about just how realistic cinematic portrayals of combat can get.April 1, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for Children of Men
Jan 29, 2016Another movie that can never get enough praise, It works on so many levels and has something for most people, It's very violent, Very realistic, Very moving, Brilliantly acted by a strong cast, The camera work was incredible, With some fantastic single shot scenes and a fantastic ending, If you don't like this movie then I'm afraid you don't know what true cinema is.Jamie C Super Reviewer
Sep 28, 2015If you are a fan of filmmaking and world-building sci-fi then Children of Men is a must-see for the production values (reminiscent of Brazil in that respect). It looks like a lot of work went into the sets and there are so many extras; it is quite a spectacular, cinematic experience.Robert B Super Reviewer
Jul 22, 2015A modern masterpiece worthy of anyone's attention for a strikingly long list of reasons. The thumbnail for the trailer alone alludes to Clive Owen's incredible performance. Some minor flaws and debatable design choices do not hamper what I would consider to be a must watch. It is almost criminal the film lost so much money at the box office.Paris S Super Reviewer
Jun 16, 2015Every aspect of this film would at least be good. The story was interesting, the execution was great, the acting was utterly convincing. Adding up all the good parts, as in considering it from one aspect to another, makes this a good film, but seeing it as a whole, as in looking at it as one complete artwork and not dividing it into its parts, makes it even better.Maymay A Super Reviewer
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|Jasper:||Yeah, there you go! Julian and Theo met among a million protesters in a rally by chance. But they were there because of what they believed in in the first place, their faith. They wanted to change the world. And their faith kept them together. But by chance, Dylan was born.|
|Kee:||This is him?|
|Jasper:||Yeah, that's him. He'd have been about your age. Magical child. Beautiful. Their faith put in praxis.|
|Miriam:||Praxis? What happened?|
|Jasper:||Chance. He was their sweet little dream. He had little hands, little legs, little feet. Little lungs. And in 2008, along came the flu pandemic. And then, by chance, he was gone. You see, Theo's faith lost out to chance. So, why bother if life's going to make its own choices?|
|Julian Taylor:||Y'know that ringing in your ears? That 'eeeeeeeeee'? That's the sound of the ear cells dying, like their swan song. Once it's gone you'll never hear that frequency again. Enjoy it while it lasts.|
|Jasper:||Pull my finger|
|Jasper:||Pull my finger.|
|Theo Faron:||It's a girl, Luke.|