Sunday, February 6, 2011
Children of Men (2006, dir. A. Cuaron)
In 2027, as humankind faces the likelihood of its own extinction, a disillusioned government agent agrees to help transport and protect a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where her child's birth may help scientists to save the future of mankind. (from rottentomatoes.com)
I just got around to seeing this movie the other day, and I must say, it was quite an experience. I'm a big fan of the gritty, shaky camera, mockumentary style that's become pretty popular in the action movie world, and Alfonso Cuaron pulls it off perfectly here. Some of the sequences in Children of Men, especially the famous long take at the end, are as convincing as the brutally real scenes in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002), and that is saying quite a bit. There is even a scene where the main characters are taken to a refugee camp, which is clearly patterned off of a World War II concentration camp. The characters are extremely vulnerable, and the style allows the viewer to feel vulnerable along with the characters. Although a futuristic, dystopian setting can quickly become exhausted, Children of Men pulls off everything it attempts. I highly recommend this movie.