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Children of Men

drama, sci-fi & fantasy, thrillers

In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, disillusioned Theo becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover to escort a young pregnant woman out of the country as quickly as possible.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Gripping, violent look at the future. Adults only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this dystopian drama includes such intense violence and other mature elements that you'll probably want to keep kids away (that is, if they're even interested). The film depicts a near-future world in the midst of anarchy, where terrorism is a constant threat. Characters drink, smoke, and use drugs frequently; a pot-dealing character is one of the most endearing in the film. Scenes include scary surprise attacks, drawn-out gunfire and shelling episodes, bloody amputated bodies, burning dead animals, and gory one-on-one combat. Some scenes are filmed in a way that makes viewers feel viscerally connected to the action, including the sense of intense threat and exhilaration. A very realistic and graphic childbirth scene occurs.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's vision of the future -- and your own thoughts about what it might be like. Why do so many movies have a bleak vision of the future? Are you optimistic about it? Why or why not? What do you think is the biggest threat to the world's future? How do you balance daily life with thoughts or fears about greater social problems like war or environmental pollution? What do you think happens in the movie's imaginary world after the credits roll? How realistic do you think a scenario like this is?

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Cuarn does lowdown takes on high concept better than anyone; no matter what genre he touches, he brings grit and loose-limbed humor along with the hand-held camera jangles.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, January 5, 2007

Fresh: Cuaron asks us to find hope in a grim nativity story where a reluctant hero and scared would-be mother try to find shelter in a land that desperately needs a newborn savior.

- Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: What I find particularly irksome about it is its pseudo-humanism and its calculating political correctness.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Nope, I didn't like it. And yes, the elaborate single takes annoyed and distracted me to no end. I thought the film was a murky mess. Pull my finger. Exactly

- brooklynspo, Monday, July 9, 2007

4 stars

A riveting, brilliant and absolutely breathtaking thriller. Stunning, teriffic and original. An outstanding, witty, astonishing and mind-blowing vision of the future that shows the devestation and political drama. A spectacular and exhilerating sci-fi action-thriller. Fuelled with intelligent and exciting action sequences, which are done in a very artistic way rather than being stylized. A flat-out great experiance that will blow you away and keep you on the edge of your seat. It's deeply moving, frequently thrilling and truly unforgettable. A grim and chilling scenario that knocks you out. One cool and endlessly entertaining movie. An extroadinary piece of cinimatic art. A masterpiece. A stroke of genious by Director, Alfonso Cuarn. A real classic. A fantastic call-star cast. Clive Owen has never been better. Michael Caine is wonderful. Julianne Moore is teriffic. Chiwetel Ejiofor is marvelous.

- allan913, Tuesday, August 24, 2010

4 stars

This dystopian yet uncomfortably realistic future scenario is disturbing and dark, touching and thrilling, yet sometimes bitterly funny. The cast is excellent, so is the camera work and direction. One of the few action sequences towards the end, shot without a visible cut for minutes, reminds of the almost unbearable inevitability of the first minutes of "Saving Private Ryan" and has you clenching your hands into the seats. Same goes for several terrifying scenes throughout the movie where you'd rather be anywhere else but in this film and yet can't turn your eyes away. Intelligent, thought-provoking and enthralling movie-making, far away from Hollywood stereotypes.

- ironclad1609, Monday, August 2, 2010