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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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Alfonso Cuarón

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Alfonso Cuarón (screenplay), Timothy J. Sexton (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 48 wins & 76 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Theo Faron
Juan Gabriel Yacuzzi Juan Gabriel Yacuzzi ... Baby Diego (as Juan Yacuzzi)
Michael Caine ... Jasper
Mishal Husain Mishal Husain ... Newsreader
Rob Curling Rob Curling ... Newsreader
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Luke
Jon Chevalier Jon Chevalier ... Café Customer
Julianne Moore ... Julian
Rita Davies Rita Davies ... Café Customer
Charlie Hunnam ... Patric
Kim Fenton Kim Fenton ... Café Customer
Danny Huston ... Nigel
Chris Gilbert Chris Gilbert ... Café Customer
Phoebe Hawthorne Phoebe Hawthorne ... Café Customer
Rebecca Howard Rebecca Howard ... Café Customer
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Storyline

London, 2027. In this dystopian world, humans have been incapable of reproducing for eighteen years for an unknown reason, meaning the imminent extinction of the species. Britain is the one remaining civilized society on the planet, which has resulted in people wanting to immigrate there. As such, it has become a police state in order to handle the immigrants, who are placed into refugee camps. Lowly government bureaucrat Theo Faron, once an activist, is approached by the Fishes, deemed a terrorist group, led by his ex-wife Julian Taylor, who he has not seen in close to twenty years, their marriage which disintegrated following the death of their infant son Dylan during the 2008 flu pandemic. Although the Fishes did use terrorist means in their on-going revolution against the state in the fight for immigrant rights, Julian vows that they now garner support solely by speaking to the people. What she wants is for Theo to use his connections to get transit papers for a young immigrant ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

No child has been born for 18 years. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK | Japan

Release Date:

5 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Niños del hombre See more »

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Box Office

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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the most difficult scenes to film, from a production design standpoint, was the moment when Clive Owen's kidnappers take him to a room covered in newspaper. Every story on every newspaper had to be created specially for this scene, even though they're barely glimpsed. See more »

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Just before Theo leaves the "Ark of the Arts", when the camera moves to a closeup of the painting they were discussing the shadow of the cameraman is visible. See more »

Quotes

[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 "Shanti, Shanti, Shanti" 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." "Shanti" means "peace" in Sanskrit. See more »

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Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Eaten by Cats (2013) See more »

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Indian Stomp
Written by J. Flynn
Performed by Cyrus (Random Trio)
Published by Multiverse Media
Master courtesy of Tectonic Recordings
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"The future's a thing of the past." Tremendous from start to finish.
23 September 2006 | by YoukilledmypineSee all my reviews

The apocalypse arrives on film once again in a plot so simple it's horrifyingly believable. It's 2027 and the world is close to annihilation because no child has been born in 18 years. London office worker Theo (Clive Owen) is offered cash by a radical ex-girlfriend to escort a refugee (Claire-Hope Ashitey) to safety. Their lives are soon at risk from both government and revolutionaries.

Although the camera work and cinematography is nothing short of stunning the focus always with our protagonist, ensuring we're kept in the middle of the action throughout. It is also undoubtedly one of Owen's finest performances to date. Theo is never far from danger yet he struggles on with convincing dignity. Occasionally baffled but far from stupid - Theo is essentially a reckless, underplayed action hero that doesn't jump at every opportunity to arm himself with a gun. This works well with the international ensemble of incredible talent: Michael Caine's charming pot dealing hippie, feisty Julianne Moore, key role Claire-Hope Ashitey, the wonderful Pam Ferris, the increasingly busy, excellent Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Huston and writer/director/producer Peter Cullen (gloriously sadistic Syd) to name a few... This is surely a casting coup to be jealous of.

The episodic nature of the story makes Children of Men difficult to place into one genre alone. Briefly glimpsed futuristic sci-fi technology is grounded in reality and looks entirely achievable while grey, graffiti ridden concrete locations provide an excellent backdrop for the near satirical look of our current social and political climate. There's poignant drama interspersed amongst exhilarating action and yet enough twists to call it a thriller.

This is not to say it's flawless. Some exposition is handled better in places than others for instance. However Alfonso Cuarón has achieved a completely remarkable experience. Arguably the film could have been longer given how strong most of it is. The only really hard pill to swallow is the comedy juxtaposed with some stark imagery that looks all too familiar to anyone who has ever seen the News from the past few decades. Nice to see a Pink Floyd reference though (pigs might fly!), and someone finally found a use for Battersea Power Station.

Ideally an audience should see this film with no preconceptions and know as little about the plot as possible. This will be unlikely though due to a staggered box-office release schedule, word of mouth and a plethora of reviews and trailers that are eager to give much of the game away. Ironic then perhaps that it must be said - Children of Men is a cinematic milestone. Great special effects and an effective soundtrack accompany this heartfelt, moving and thought-provoking film. Easily one of the best films in recent memory.


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