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Children of Men


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"A Modern Classic (pt 3)"
5 stars"

pt 3 – It's just my opinion and it is, ironically, a film that works best when it has not being talked up, when it sneaks up on you and whaps you in the side of the head… But, at the end of the day, it is a film that is only criticised by people who seem slighted (incredulously) by its refusal to explain everything (sci-fi for dummies). In other words the film is made with that old ethos of the greats like Kubrick and Coppola etc in their prime (incidentally, also not American directors – this is directed by a Mexican or Spaniard from memory) in that it isn't a film made to please everyone. It is a film designed to fly over some people's heads and be etched into others' hearts. It doesn't want greatness – it wants to BE great… and there is a difference. The Godfather did not win many Academy Awards comparatively, but you tell me, which is the best movie – The Godfather or American Beauty? The Godfather or Return of the King? Truly great movies will never instantly win over the Academy or critics b/c they are like trained monkeys or lab rats. I also wonder if those who do not like these kind of films really just don't like themselves (but don't know it) and the film cretaes an inner conflict that upsets them and they mistake this for a lack of enjoyment. I believe it is commonly referred to as denial. :) Anyway.....

It's just my opinion but this, along with films like Pan's Labyrinth, will come to be known as absolute classics – certainly cult films – of our generation. Children of Men is also an authentic drama/thriller/sci-fi/action/chase movie… and that's pretty choice. :)

"a modern clasic (pt 2)"
5 stars"
  • Clive Owen is an actor I have never liked… I just don't know why, but I haven't… even in films like Inside Man I thought he was pretty good and little more… he just irks me. But he did what few actors do these days – he embodied his character..... there were wells in his eyes and he said so much without speaking… and slowly, but surely, he won me over. By the end of the film I had gone from hesitancy to caring, hoping and cheering him on. A REAL action hero… the kind films like Die Hard hinted at but did not quite pull off in a truly authentic fashion (he was still a kick-ass, unapologetic NY cop). Clive Owen was vulnerable, damaged goods but with a nature and will to make a difference and to conquer his own demons that was so human and unerring that he became, by definition, heroic.


"A Modern Classic"
5 stars"

part one: A quite splendid movie. Some have criticised the movie's plot ‘holes’ essentially b/c they do not understand the nature of film as art. But that is what it is – or was meant to be anyway. Children of Men is an allegory. It is also the most brazenly visual and visceral film I have seen for some time. In ten years time this film will be a cult movie… a classic. The Blade Runner of our time.

The ending is brilliant but low-key, despite being occasionally criticised by some ‘critics’ who have forgotten what great film-making and film-watching is really about. A very poetic film. A film I guess you ‘get’ or don't, but there are certain things that cannot be disputed about this film at all:

  • It has two or three of the most white-knuckle, realistic (and be sure that the latter feeds off the former) and un-cliched action/chase ‘scenes’ in the history of film.
  • In the above and in other areas it is truly original in a time when films struggle to achieve this most basic of pre-requisites for telling a genuinely compelling story.


The Year 2027.

The Last Days Of The Human Race.

No Child Has Been Born For 18 Years.

He Must Protect Our Only Hope.

Children of Men envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The world’s youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction.

Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows disillusioned bureaucrat Theo (Owen) as he becomes an unlikely champion of Earth’s survival. When the planet’s last remaining hope is threatened, this reluctant activist is forced to face his own demons and protect her from certain peril.
Release date NZ
June 29th, 2007
Movie Format
  • HD DVD
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi
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