Children of Men is a great movie – it’s gritty and captivating. It shows a really grim view of the future – the basic premise is that for some unknown reason women become infertile so there are no more babies. The movie starts off with the world mourning the death of the youngest person on the planet (an 18 yr. old). It’s a hopeless, degenerating society and apparently most countries are ravaged by terrorism and chaos. Consequently, the government cracks down hard. Most of the movie takes place in London.
A rebel group known as the “Fishes” have a woman that is pregnant and they need to get her to the Human Project, which is a mysterious underground group made up of the brightest minds on the planet, who are working on finding the cause and cure for infertility. There’s a slight plot twist and conspiracy as well but I won’t ruin anything. You really see the main character (played by Clive Owen) grow from a hopeless, apathetic person to well, a man of action.
Towards the end it gets rather intense as it depicts a lot of urban military combat. The shaky camera following the characters makes it feel very real. Overall, it’s a good movie and worth checking out. I like when I see a somewhat original idea because so many movies now are based off books or comics, rehashed stories, remakes, or just plain bad. Like that new Hilary Swank movie, Freedom Writers with her as a teacher (I’ve been seeing a lot of commercials for this, hence why I mention it). Please, you’re going to have to pay me to see that load of crap. Uhm, Dangerous Minds anyone? Probably a lot better than Freedom Writers.
Anyway, back to what I was saying – go check out Children of Men.