Friday, August 20, 2010
Capsule Review: Children of Men (2006)
I remember seeing Children of Men in theatre back in 2006 and having my mind completely blown by Alfonso Cuarón's dystopian science fiction film. I'll admit that it was the flashy one-take sequences - stitched together digitally - which first captured my imagination, but on repeated viewings the film proves to be densely layered and with some unforgettable moments. Clive Owen gives one of his best performances as Theo Faron, a former activist who finds himself having to escort the pregnant Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey) to safety in a future where infertility has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. Futuristic without falling into usual sci-fi trappings, Cuarón's vision of the near future (the film takes place in 2027) seems frighteningly plausible, and - as the best science fiction films do - comments strongly on the post world post-9/11.