Children of Men

Civilization is in the throes of endgame with director Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, a 100 percent bleak outlook regarding future times. Cuarón’s nightmarish vision of the future (based on the novel by P.D. James) sees a world overrun by military governments, a world where women are unable to have babies. The film opens in the year 2027, when activist-turned-civil-servant Theodore Faron (Clive Owen) is making a routine stop for a cup of coffee. As he pauses outside to mix his cup of joe, a bomb destroys the building he just left. Shaken and dazed, he walks through the carnage, which includes a woman holding her severed arm; he probably wishes he had brewed at home. The story then follows Owen’s character as he finds himself protecting the first pregnant woman in 18 years. Owen gives a first-rate performance here, and the visual style of the movie is fantastic. There are a couple of small flaws (including the dopey wig that Michael Caine wears), but the movie certainly makes you think and has the capability of scaring the crap out of you.

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