Children of Men
Drama | English | 109 minutes
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.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 92%
- Metacritic Score: 84
- 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
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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.
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.
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