Children of Men is a 2007 British Science Fiction thriller directed by Alfonso Cauron. It took place in a dystopian England in the year 2027 and involved the protagonist trying to protect a woman who was pregnant with the first baby to be born in over 18 years. Speaking of which, it starred Clive Owen as the protagonist (named Theo) and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Key (the Pregnant Woman). In addition, the movie starred Charlie Hunnam as Luke (a terrorist and the primary antagonist) with Julianne Moore as Julian and a nearly unrecognizable Michael Caine as Jasper.
The movie began with a news report of the world’s youngest person having been killed. Over time, it was revealed that the rest of the world had crumbled and England was the only country that remained. And to make sure they didn’t crumble, England had closed their borders and were doing their best to eradicate their immigrant population. But a terrorist organization had risen up to fight for human rights. This particular organization then kidnapped Theo and propositioned him to help escort a young Fuji woman to the coast on the behalf of Julian. After Theo agrees to the proposal, the group are heading to the first check point when a group of rioters try to stop them and one of them on a motorcycle shoots Julian (who bleeds out). They then get stopped by a couple of policemen and Luke guns them down. Then, they find a safe place at the Terrorists’ hideout where Theo discovers that the Terrorists had killed Julian themselves and were planning to kill Theo and use the baby to help cause an uprising. Theo and Key then escape with their only other ally, Maria. They hide out at the house of an old friend of Theo (Jasper). But they have to leave soon afterwards when they get found. Jasper covers their escape and gets executed for their trouble. Eventually, they find their way to the coast. But soon afterwards, the area turns into a warzone and they have to escape again.
To be honest, I was quite disappointed with the movie. It was basically a thriller in a futuristic world, minus the high levels of suspense. Basically, it was way too slow moving for its own good. But then again I shouldn’t complain too much because the director tended to show his flaws more often on the occasion when the movie did start moving fast, most notably in the scene when Julian got killed. Essentially, the camera moved way too fast, and it came off as amateurish at best. Also the camerawork was real shaky, which made that feeling even worse. And this wouldn’t be too bad, if the director didn’t show great potential. When he did close ups, he did it brilliantly. He did it like a pro. Not to mention, it felt like the director was trying too hard to get his political views across than actually telling a good story.
But on the plus side, there were a few things I liked about the movie. Most obviously was the soundtrack. The use of music from the British Invasion contrasted the horrific future quite well. Also, I thought the movie had a very strong opening and an even stronger ending. Essentially I enjoyed point A and I really enjoyed point B, but it was the trip in between I didn’t like.
For these various reasons, I can honestly say I could be talked into watching the movie again. But I would never go out of my way to do so. Essentially, it’s worth a watch but nothing more.