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Children of Men (2006)

Director:
Alfonso Cuarón
COUNTRY
Japan/UK/USA
GENRE
Science Fiction/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Children of Men
RUNNING TIME
109 minutes
Producer:
Marc Abraham
Eric Newman
Hilary Shor
Iain Smith
Tony Smith
Screenwriter (based on the novel by P. D. James):
Alfonso Cuarón
Timothy J. Sexton
David Arata
Mark Fergus
Hawk Ostby


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Theo Faron Clive Owen
Jasper Palmer Michael Caine
Luke Chiwetel Ejiofor
Julian Taylor Julianne Moore ½
Nigel Danny Huston
Miriam Pam Ferris ½
Kee Claire-Hope Ashitey ½
Syd Peter Mullan

 

Review

Alfonso Cuarón disappoints with this dull and unimaginative futuristic doomsday prophecy based on P. D. James' novel. Thematically, the film lacks depth in its observations and discussions. The political and sociological proportions of the world we're being presented are merely scratched superficially as Cuarón tries to cover up his lack of reflections by focusing on chaos and mayhem,  reducing the film to an all too familiar and banal Messiah story in the process. And visually, Children of Men feels clogged and isolated, making the world and ideas of P. D. James inaccessible and stiff. There are fine segments early on - nearly all of which involves either Michael Caine or Julianne Moore. These two give the film some vivacity and suspense, but towards the end of the film, most of the work both in front and behind the camera is performed sleepwalking.

Copyright © 1.7.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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