Children of Men (UK, 2006)

This is a stunning movie both in content and formally. Set in 2027 Britain is an amalgam of all that’s bad in the world now (images of Abu Ghraib; Palestine wall etc and persecution of immigrants) shot in handheld long takes that are dazzling in their virtuosity. A brilliantly created dystopia with an extremely powerful scene where a baby’s crying momentarily stops a conflagration. The Christian imagery is worn (fairly) lightly but the film’s not religious; the religion is used as part of western myth. Director Cuaron is a major talent.

Probably the best film of 2006. (Pictureville) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0206634/

4 Responses

  1. […] variant on her ‘brittle housewife’ persona. I’d put this film up there with Children of Men (2006) as being amongst the best SF movies ever […]

  2. […] I’m an admirer of director (and co-scriptwriter) Alfonso Cuaron: his Y tu mama tambien and Children of Men  are amongst my favourite films of this century. His trademark long takes are breathtakingly […]

  3. […] also saw two films in the ‘Are We There Yet?’ free screenings of dystopian films, Children of Men and District 9. Unfortunately the current crisis caused by the Coronavirus suggests we are there, […]

  4. […] also saw two films in the ‘Are We There Yet?’ free screenings of dystopian films, Children of Men and District 9. Unfortunately the current crisis caused by the Coronavirus suggests we are there, […]

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