Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Children of Men

What can I say about this film that hasn’t been said before. “Children of Men” is one of those films that after seeing it you just can’t get it out of your head. Alfonso Cuarón brings to life a near future that is bleak and dying. A world without children and a world slowly sinking into oblivion. He uses immigration, jihads, rebellion, and apathy to create a world that seems to have no hope. Using today’s headlines Cuaron shows us a glimpse of a world that could be. The film is based on P.D. James novel “Children of Men” and was published back in 1992. The movie provides us with such a unique view of the world that you’ll want to know more on how we got there. My only suggestion is go read the book.

Children of Men” is one of those films that takes hold of you and doesn’t let go. It will affect anyone who sees it. I swear that after seeing it I just wanted to rush back home and hug my boys. I wanted to hear them laugh and run amuck as children do. I really can’t attest to Cuaron’s other films, which is a mistake that will be rectified soon on my part. I did see his 1998 film “Great Expectations” which was a bit more interesting then other works of that year. His film “Y tu mamá también” is a film that I’m anxious to see having heard many good things about it. Cuaron brings a certain detail to his filmmaking that envelopes you and makes you believe in the story. He is a very good filmmaker, and seeing “Children of Men” proves that.

I did say that the film depicts a world with out hope, and that is slowly dying. The film’s story provides us with hope, and it is this hope that propels the story forward. The last shot of the film is of hope, and maybe a better future. The ending does leave you up in the air after exhausting its audience in getting there, but I don’t think you’ll mind. Listen to the soundtrack if you doubt it. That’s all I’ll say about that. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

The performances by Clive Owen & Claire-Hope Ashitey are very real, and convincing. Michael Caine gives a really fantastic performance as Jasper Palmer. The cinematography is outstanding, and just the technical merit of the film is riveting to see. I cannot highly recommend a better film then “Children of Men”. I swear as a father of two I was deeply moved by its story, and seeing it made me envious of Cuaron’s talents as a filmmaker. This is a film worth buying when it comes to DVD just to hear the director’s commentary.

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