Children of Men

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Released 2007

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Director:
Alfonso Cuarón
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Children of Men is a futuristic-thriller starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ojiofor, and Claire-Hope Ashitey. The book is a loose adaptation of the 1992 novel, "The Children of Men," by J. D. Smith. Set in 2027 England, the human race is on the verge of extinction due to worldwide infertility. The last child was born 18 years prior. Earth's impending doom has caused widespread societal breakdown and complete chaos. There are several violent factions warring against the government. Theo Faron (Owen), a former activist turned bureaucrat, is captured by a militant faction headed by his ex-wife Julian (Moore), called "The Fishes." Julian pays Theo to escort a young African woman name Kee (Ashitey) out of the country. During the journey, Kee reveals a secret that puts them in a very dangerous situation. There is now a race against the clock to protect Kee from individuals who wish to use her for their own devices.

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  • 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Children of Men may be something of a bummer, but it's the kind of glorious bummer that lifts you to the rafters, transporting you with the greatness of its filmmaking.

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Made with palpable energy, intensity and excitement, it compellingly creates a world gone mad that is uncomfortably close to the one we live in. It is a "Blade Runner" for the 21st...

  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    Picture more than delivers on the action front -- not in bang-for-your-buck spectacle but in the kind of gritty, doculike sequences that haul viewers out of their seats and alongsi...

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    apocalyptic, ruthless killing, road trip, high stake situations, alternate history