Children of Men (2006) Movie Review
Can you imagine a world where people have become infertile, and no one can give birth to a new generation? How will that change our society?
2006's Children of Men may not have bagged all the major awards at the Oscars, but it's deemed by many as one of the best. It's in almost every known critic's top 10.
It's the year 2027, and human activities have caused significant effects on the environment. It's been eighteen years since humans have become infertile, and their lives are threatened by constant war and destruction. The United Kingdom has become a police state that arrests immigrants. However, they are one of the few countries with a functioning government.
Meanwhile, the youngest person in the world, an 18-year-old, was killed, and the sad news caused people to start losing hope for the future. A former activist, Theo, was kidnapped by a group named Fishes after a bomb exploded near a cafe. He is led by their leader and his estranged wife, Julian Taylor. They separated after their son died during the pandemic. Julian gives Theo money to acquire transit papers for a young refugee named Kee. After gathering the documents, Theo leaves with Julian, Kee, Miriam, and their driver, Luke, towards Canterbury. However, some gang ambushed their vehicle, and Julian was killed. The group hides in a nearby safe house.
Theo learns that the group wants to use Kee and her baby as a political tool to gain power over the government. He must quickly decide before the group manages to get a hold of Kee, and the future of humanity is at stake.
Children of Men is an under-the-box film that brought in the talents of Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Clare-Hope Ashley.
The film's dystopia feeling may be one of the best. It excels itself with its wonderful script and storytelling. It has thrilling cinematography that lets you get involved with the characters' actions and fears. The movie combines single-shot sequences to immerse you in the scenes and typical ones that enhance during subtle moments.
This movie's story jumbles with themes of losing faith, despair, and religion. It makes you think that if the world experiences the same predicament, would our societies crumble? It's not often you see this kind of story in Hollywood, but when it does, sometimes it packs a punch. This might be one of those fictional subgenres that I appreciate.
Children of Men is one of those films that might go under the radar because it is not as popular as others, but it's still one of the best.
A good 4.5 out of 5 stars.