Children of Men (2006)

Children of Men (2006)

2006 R 109 Minutes

Drama | Action | Thriller | Science Fiction

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help...

Overall Rating

9 / 10
Verdict: Great

User Review

  • BarneyNuttall


    9 / 10
    If Roma didn't sell you, Children of Men certainly will. Much like Russell T. Davies dark television series Years and Years, Children of Men is a bleak look at a dystopian Britain. A Britain where the issues we face today have climaxed in holocaustic violence and mass terror. Life itself has ceased and death is sold by the government as a fair alternative to survival.

    Cuaron is a master of many skills, all of which he uses flawlessly here to bring an emotional intensity to the film. His use of long takes could be compared to Sam Mendes' recent war drama 1917, but here they feel improvised where you forget the technical brilliance of the shots and are sunk into this world.

    Another of Cuaron's major skills is the use of crowds. He is a master of harnessing swarms of people, giving this bleak world not necessarily life but more victims to fall down. For the world Cuaron establishes is bleaker than bleak and yet, due to fantastic attention to detail, doesn't seem far from ours.

    Children of Men is a vitally important film to watch for those growing up today. For a society that only changes when it is immediately necessary, perhaps Children of Men can remind us that, when that time comes, recovery will be far gone.