Children of Men

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  • Summary: Children of Men envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set against the backdrop of LondonChildren of Men envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set against the backdrop of London torn apart by violence and nationalistic sects, the film follows disillusioned bureaucrat Theo (Owen) as he becomes an unlikely champion of Earth's survival. (Universal Pictures) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 100
    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 century, a worthy successor to that epic of dystopian decay
  2. It's a work of art that deserves a space cleared for its angry, nervous beauty.
  3. 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.
  4. 80
    It's a film that you need to see, not a film that you especially want to.
  5. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    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 alongside the main protags.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    An exhilarating sci-fi action thriller with a powerful social and political message.
  7. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    50
    Bloated adaptation of P.D. James's thoughtful, compact novel.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 71 out of 342
  1. TrudyP.
    Jan 31, 2007
    10
    Certainly one of the finest films I have seen in years...why can't they make more films like this???
  2. mattallen
    Oct 15, 2007
    10
    Reading comments by ignorant fucks like Brian K. just aggrivate the shit out of me. His examples of why the movie was bad were just dreadful.Reading comments by ignorant fucks like Brian K. just aggrivate the shit out of me. His examples of why the movie was bad were just dreadful. Mention of a specific cause for the sudden infertility isn't necessary because it wouldn't have added anything to the overall message of the film (here I'll make a name of the disease up for you Brian-"You're a fucking cuntface-itis"). The ending was perfect. Rather than showing Khia being taken in and examined and the baby examined, etc. we just get a shot of the boat coming to rescue her. What more could you ask for? As for the blood on the camera, yea it had no specific purpose, but these guys are doing bravura long takes and the one that happened to be the best one was the one where blood happened to spray on the camera. It's really not that big of a deal and to have such an insignificant thing lend to you giving the movie a 3 is just ridiculous. I hope I never have to meet you Brian K. or anyone like you because it would just make me wish your mother would have been struck with a disease that rendered her incapable of having children. Expand
  3. DarcieK
    Dec 26, 2009
    10
    This movie is brilliant and the cinematography is astounding!
  4. MortenN
    Aug 6, 2007
    9
    This is a great movie. It was emotionally captivating, had great action sequences and gave the right balance between solving the mysteries This is a great movie. It was emotionally captivating, had great action sequences and gave the right balance between solving the mysteries and letting us think for ourself. I honestly don't understand those who think this movie suck. Expand
  5. Josh
    Mar 3, 2007
    8
    Children of Men is filled with engaging and dynamic performances, skillful direction and perfect cinematography. The screenplay captures the Children of Men is filled with engaging and dynamic performances, skillful direction and perfect cinematography. The screenplay captures the poignancy of the P.D. James book and paints a vivid picture of where the world may be ten years from now. Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine and Chiwetel Ejiofor offer excellent and intelligent performances in what is the most underrated movie of 2006. Please see it! Expand
  6. FrankV.
    Jan 5, 2007
    5
    I didn't quite understand the point to this movie? The comparison to the 'modern-day' are pretty obvious even if it's the I didn't quite understand the point to this movie? The comparison to the 'modern-day' are pretty obvious even if it's the stereotypical anarchic world of the future. But how did it get to be that way? That isn't well explained. And why smuggle Kee and her baby to The Human Project? It just didn't make sense. In spite of the rave reviews of this hot new director the film looked like it was filmed in the grungiest place that could be found. There is lots of shrapnel flying, which reminded me of Saving Private Ryan. I can't imagine society going that way even if there is no hope. This movie is grim and ultimately unsatisfying. Expand
  7. JacobR.
    Jan 7, 2007
    0
    This movie was completely pointless. the premise is that people can't have kids, yet one DOES WHILE WE'RE WATCHING THE MOVIE! whatThis movie was completely pointless. the premise is that people can't have kids, yet one DOES WHILE WE'RE WATCHING THE MOVIE! what the hell was the point? there obviously was never a problem, apparently outside of england people CAN have babies. Expand

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