Children of Men
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón
Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Reviewed by Ismael Manzano
I first heard about Children of Men a few months ago via a movie preview, and I was intrigued with this off-the-beaten-path premise for a movie. From the preview I could tell that this was not going to be the typical, Hollywood action / science fiction movie. This was going to be a movie with a message and an actual plot. So when I was left with three hours to kill in between a doctor’s appointment and my first class of the day, I decided to catch the flick and see if my instincts were dead on or just dead.
The movie is set twenty years in the future—2027, for those of you who can’t count or for those who are reading this article after the year 2007—the world has been devastated and transformed by a mysterious and sudden epidemic of infertility. Practically overnight, the world’s birth rate dropped to zero, without explanation, without a hope of a cure. We pick up some eighteen years after the last baby on the planet was born and see a world that has torn itself apart. England is the only country in the world left standing; the rest is a war zone, and a bill was just past to forcibly deport any foreigners from England and close its borders permanently.
Theo Faron (Clive Owen, Sin City and King Arthur), former activist and current pencil-pusher, is contacted by an old flame, Julian, (Julianne Moore, The Forgotten) who is the leader of England’s number one terrorist/activist organization. Julian needs a favor that only he can do for him, and on the bases of the love they once shared, he agrees to help her smuggle two women outside of England’s borders and onto a special ferry. Theo gets the papers needed to transport the two women when they are suddenly ambushed and Julian is killed. Theo takes the women to Julian’s organizational headquarters, hoping to lay low until they can allude the police and he can get back to his life. All that changes when he sees that one of the two women he agreed to help—Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey) is pregnant. She’s the first pregnant women in eighteen years. The activists don’t want her to go on the ferry anymore, they want to hide her with them in England, but Theo quickly suspects that there is more to their generosity than meets the eye and he decides to honor his promise to Julian and get Kee and her nursemaid out of England and hopefully find a cure for the world’s infertility.
What follows is a near never-ending run. Theo and Kee have to avoid the terrorists, the police, and the general scum of the populace outside of England, in order to stay alive. But with their support quickly dwindling and betrayal around every corner, can they manage to survive, while keeping Kee’s pregnancy a secret from a world that isn’t ready for this revelation?
Overall, this movie was great. It was dark, gritty and very edgy. The pacing was, at times, a little slow, but it made up for those spots with a real plot that just kept you hooked and refused to let go. Plus the acting was dead on and the premise alone was worth the price of admission. Check it out as soon as you can, you’ll love it.