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Theo has settled into a state of numbness in order to steel himself against painful past and the reality of a senseless future by simply ceasing to care. Things change when he is abruptly thrown in the back of a van and brought before Julian. Julian has surfaced long enough to ask for a favor—for Theo to obtain transit papers for Kee, a young woman within her organization who must be seen safely out of the country.
Thriller - This is a gritty, violent science fiction drama. Those who prefer
their sci-fi more fantasy oriented or their drama more reality-based
may be disappointed. Fans of Julianne Moore may also be disappointed
by her limited screen time.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good In the case of Children of Men, the divergence of material is so great that such a simple determination cannot be made. Cuarón's interpretation, inspired more than based on James' novel, takes on a life of its own.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 146 moviegoers:Overall, these opinions are a bit weak. Most of you will enjoy this movie, at least to some degree, but very few will think it's great.
TEENS:Approximately two-thirds of both males and females truly enjoyed "Children of Men." Of the remaining third, most of the males rated it as average. The females rated it quite a bit lower. Many rated it below average and terrible.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Only about half the males truly enjoyed it. Most of the remaining half rated it "Good," which indicates just an average movie. Quite a few rated it lower. The female opinions are even weaker. Most rated it in the average to below average range.
ADULTS:These are pretty weak opinions from both males and females. A small percentage rated it very high with most rating it in the above average to average range. A fairly large percentage actually disliked it.
Earth, 2027: Hope for the future has become a dwindling resource. It has been
nearly 19 years since the last baby was born, and with each passing year of inexplicable,
global childlessness, mankind edges closer to giving up all claims to a future. While
most people choose to embrace the inevitable and descend into separatism, lawlessness
and nihilism, others fight on for a unified planet and the rights of the dwindling
Great Britain is the one country that has managed—through a policy of
militaristic imperialism—to survive the ever-increasing internal strife and, in turn, is
seeing a tremendous influx of illegal refugees landing on its shores. But with a firm,
totalitarian hand, these "fugees” are herded into detainment camps and deported.
For Theo (CLIVE OWEN), all of this matters little, having allowed himself to
settle into a state of numbness. The former activist turned bureaucrat has steeled himself
against his painful past and the reality of a senseless future by simply ceasing to care.
His existence is enlivened only by visits to his old friend Jasper (MICHAEL CAINE),
who lives in the remote countryside miles from London. There, they remember happier
times as comrades-in-arms, activists who once took up against the coming tide but now
find themselves checked out from a society that no longer provides any answers.
All of that abruptly changes when Theo finds himself thrown in the back of a van
and brought before Julian (JULIANNE MOORE). Once his partner in both love and war,
she is now the head of a covert group fighting for the rights of the remaining refugee
population. Julian has surfaced long enough to ask for a favor—for Theo to obtain transit
papers for Kee (CLARE-HOPE ASHITEY), a young woman within her organization who
must be seen safely out of the country.
Theo agrees—for Julian's sake, and for the 5,000 pounds he'll collect—and soon
finds himself accompanying Kee and a handful of Julian's comrades on a treacherous
journey past several security checkpoints to the coast. There, members of the
Human Project—some of the greatest minds of the world working toward a new
society—are prepared to help them. But when Theo's group is set upon by terrorists, it
quickly becomes clear that the streetwise Kee is more than just a refugee…she is
someone others are willing to die for.
She is, in fact, eight months pregnant and now stands as the miracle the whole
planet has been waiting and hoping for.
In their race to sanctuary from both anarchists who will risk everything for a
cause and those who would use her child for political gain, Kee and Theo become the
unlikely champions of a future generation.