Opening 9 Nov 2006
Adapted from P.D. James' novel The Children of Men, Academy Award nominated filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón creates a chilling look at a mere 20 year leap in the future, of a world on the brink of extinction. Due to 19 years of world-wide infertility, man is rapidly losing both vision and hope for their future. Within this bleak setting of evolving chaos, violence and a world-wide refugee crisis, Theo (Clive Owen), whose native England has turned into a militarized imperialist state, immediately captures his countrymen’s sense of malaise in his daily mission to blur the immediate horrors with a bottle of bourbon. Instantly life spins on a dime, as Theo is abducted and forced to face a blast from his past, that of his one-time-love and activist partner Julian (Julianne Moore), now the head of a covert group fighting for civil rights - in particular those of the repressed refugee population. One refugee in particular, the young Fugi woman Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey), turns everyone's world upside down, and especially brings life and hope back to both Theo and all others that enter her path to freedom.
Cuarón's third film, and second English language picture, is one that tackles some meaty themes: personal relationships, political strife, trust, betrayal and numerous others. Although the sci-fi nature of the picture is apparent, the films story revolves around strong humanistic themes. This is the type of picture, one wishes would never come to an end. It is visually and intellectually full and thus fulfilling. The acting is top notch, and all other cinematic details are superb. Most of all, it is uplifting to see someone rooting for the good that is still left in mankind....even in 2006!!! (Trish Freund)