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Children of Men (2006)

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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Theo Faron
Juan Gabriel Yacuzzi ... Baby Diego (as Juan Yacuzzi)
... Jasper
Mishal Husain ... Newsreader
Rob Curling ... Newsreader
... Luke
Jon Chevalier ... Café Customer
... Julian
Rita Davies ... Café Customer
... Patric
Kim Fenton ... Café Customer
... Nigel
Chris Gilbert ... Café Customer
Phoebe Hawthorne ... Café Customer
Rebecca Howard ... Café Customer
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The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth. Written by Production

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The Year 2027. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug use and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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5 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Niños del hombre  »

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Budget:

$76,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,284,254 (United Kingdom), 24 September 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$179,268, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$35,552,383

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,959,751
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Trivia

While driving to Jasper's house you can hear Kee and Miriam chanting "Om Mani Padme Hum" which is a Buddhist mantra, meaning "The Pearl in the Lotus Flower". See more »

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Two characters refer to "jump starting" a car, but what they mean is "bump starting" (or push starting). Jump starting a car involves connecting an extra battery. See more »

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[first lines]
Newsreader: Day 1,000 of the Siege of Seattle.
Newsreader: The Muslim community demands an end to the Army's occupation of mosques.
Newsreader: The Homeland Security bill is ratified. After eight years, British borders will remain closed. The deportation of illegal immigrants will continue. Good morning. Our lead story.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end, one can read "Shantih, Shantih, Shantih" with children shouting and laughing on the soundtrack, which can be heard repeatedly throughout the end credits. This is the last line of T.S. Eliot's 1922 poem "The Wasteland." "Shantih" means "peace" in Hindi. See more »

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Life in a Glass House
Composed by Thom Yorke (as Thomas Yorke), Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien (as Edward O'Brien),
Phil Selway (as Philip Selway) and Jonny Greenwood (as Jonathan Greenwood)
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Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Not Deserving of its Present Rating
6 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

After reading various reviews and seeing the previews, I was quite excited to see "Children of Men". Upon viewing the movie, however, I was unable to see why users were rating it so highly. I believe there is a predilection to highly rate any Futuristic Dystopia, as they graphically transport us to a time that we are ever so interested in -- our not-too-distant future. "Children of Men" does this better than most, since -- with the exception of the infertility theme -- it does not highly disconnect us from what our future is likely to be.

Other than that, however, the movie lacks what it was claimed to be; it is not "Bladerunner" Redux -- not even close. The movie does not operate on multiple philosophical levels, and those attempting to dissect it are having difficulty not because it is especially deep, but because it lacks much beyond its initial layer. As a futuristic thriller (and very graphically violent, at that) it works marginally well, as there were a couple of moments when I felt my heart pitter-patter in that movie-theater way. Outside of that, there is not much going on here, besides the obvious: the world is going to hell and there are too many guns. Get on with it.


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