Saturday, September 22, 2018

Children of Men


I am sure many will find this a difficult film to watch. I liken it to a horror film, sans werewolves or vampires, it's a story of the future (2027) in which our entire world is in chaos. A world where mankind has lost it's ability to procreate and the youngest person in the world was just murdered at the ripe age of 18 years old.

London, England is the backdrop for the racist nationalistic Government's attempt to ethnically cleanse England of any "outside influences". Toss in the arrival of the first pregnant woman in almost two decades and we become witnesses to a classic cinematic struggle of "good v. evil".

A great script, based on P.D. James's novel, is provided by director Alfonso Cuaron and four other credited writers. Finding a good script that has no less than five credited writers has to be considered a true "rarity". In addition, there were eight credited producers involved, so one might even consider the fact that the film was even made borders on the miraculous.

The performances were first rate, with Micheal Caine stealing a bit of the show as the farting, pot smoking, aging journalist, Jasper.

The direction, cinematography and camera work are unbelievably well done. The 2027 London setting is a stunning achievement. The picture's budget was $72 million and the audience gets every penny's worth. This was a mammoth undertaking and I found myself spellbound for the entire one hour and fifty-four minutes of screen time.

This one of the best pictures you are going to see this year. And speaking about "Best Picture", "Children of Men" opened in the U.S. in 16 theaters on Christmas Day so it could qualify for 2006 Oscar nominations. It widened out to 1209 theaters this weekend. With a three day gross of over $10,200,000, "Children of Men" posted the highest per screen average in the country.

As a side note, one can't help to notice that Mexico is putting it's best foot forward when it comes to quality directors. Mexican born director, Alfonso Cuaron first helmed the widely acclaimed, "Y tu mama tambien" then moved on to "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and now "Children of Men". This was no simple achievement. Fellow Mexico City native, Alejandro Inarritu directed one my all time favorite films, "Amores Perros", then shot a small critically received film, titled, "21 Grams" and currently has the S.A.G. nominated Brad Pitt saga, "Babel" playing around the country. That is a pretty solid "one", "two", punch.

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By V on January 08, 2007 at 02:30 am
I am glad to read your review. I saw a trailer for it the other day for the first time - I don't watch much T.V. and was utterly intrigued by the concept. Alejandro Inarritu is one of my favs.
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