In a future where all women have become infertile, a former activist
agrees to transport a somehow pregnant woman to the English coast.
Children of Men (2006)
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Written by Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata,
Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby
Starring Clive Owen, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Julianne Moore,
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Pam Ferris, Michael Caine
Based on the novel The Children of Men by P.D. James
Oscar Nominations - Best Adapted Screenplay,
Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing
Children of Men is one of the most poignant and believable sci-fi films I've ever seen and will no doubt resonate with any who watch it. The dystopian future of 2027 that this film shows us does not seem like a science fiction nightmare. On the contrary, it seems almost like a glimpse into one possible future that we are rapidly approaching.
The most impressive thing about this film was its utilization of long takes. Several scenes in the film's climax are done in one giant take, adding to the realism this film is already doused in. Clive Owen gave one of the best performances of his career as Theo Faron, a broken man with nothing left to lose who agrees to help humanity begin again by saving Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey), the first pregnant woman in 18 years. Their chemistry is such that I truly believe they are all the other one has and it has been a long time since I've been so engrossed in a movie that I was yelling at the screen for them to find safety.
Children of Men is a fantastic film that shows the human race at its ugliest and its most righteous. In a world shattered by infertility, waiting for the inevitable spark to finish off the last of humanity, one last flickering ember shines on to illuminate the world. This film shows us the meaning of that ember and how every living soul has an obligation to see it burn as bright as it can.