Children of Men

Drama | English | 109 minutes

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Film critic Manohla Dargis wrote that CHILDREN of MEN, set in 1927, pictures a world that looks like a lot like our own, but darker, grimmer and more frighteningly, violently precarious. It imagines a world drained of hope and defined by terror in which bombs regularly explode in cafes crowded with men and women on their way to work. It imagines the unthinkable: What if instead of containing Iraq, the world has become Iraq, a universal battleground of military control, security zones, refugee camps and warring tribal identities.

Cast
Clive Owen (Theo Faron) / Julianne Moore (Julian Taylor) / Michael Caine (Jasper Palmer) / Chiwetel Ejiofor (Luke)
Why Stream This Film?
Children of Men works on multiple levels: futuristic, sophisticated, and raw but, yet, its uncomfortably close to the world in which we live.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 92%
  • Metacritic Score: 84
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Adapted Screenplay (Alfonso Cuarón); Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki)
  • National Society of Film Critics, USA: Winner, Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki)
  • The film received a perfect 4 out of 4 stars from Roger Ebert
Cuarón fulfills the promise of futuristic fiction; characters do not wear strange costumes or visit the moon, and the cities are not plastic hallucinations, but look just like today, except tired and shabby.Here is certainly a world ending not with a bang but a whimper, and the film serves as a cautionary warning. The only thing we have to fear in the future, we learn, is the past itself. Our past. Ourselves.
Roger Ebert

RogerEbert.com

CHILDREN of MEN is the kind of a glorious bummer that lifts you to the rafters, transporting you with the greatness of its filmmaking. CHILDREN of MEN doesn’t announce its themes from a bully pulpit, with a megaphone in hand and Oscar in mind, but through the beauty of its form.
Manohla Dargis

The New York Times

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