Children of Men

January 5th, 2007

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Children of Men

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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 8.0/10 (211,233 voted)

Critic's Score: 84/100

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor

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.

Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton

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

Taglines: The future's a thing of the past.


Official Website: Official site [United States] | UIP [Germany] |

Release Date: 5 January 2007

Filming Locations: Admiralty Arch, The Mall, St. James's, London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $76,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: £1,284,254 (UK) (24 September 2006) (370 Screens)

Gross: $68,327,768 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Animals like Theo. The ginger cat on Jasper's sofa, the dogs at Thomash and Emily's farm (to which he even comments the dogs don't like anyone), and the kittens in the farm house that crawl up Theo's leg.

Crew or equipment visible: When Theo enters the building to find and rescue Kee from the shooting, earplugs can be seen as he climbs the stairs.

[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.

User Review

Utterly transfixed

Rating: 10/10

I went to see this movie without catching any reviews, expecting something rather depressing and underfunded.

Let me stop there and start again.

This movie is a revelation from start to finish. A convincing future world, deftly conveyed with so many subtle signals that I'm sure it will benefit from further viewings. A completely "other" England which I was amazed to see realised in such detail. Clive Owen FINALLY has the heroic role we have been waiting for and is brilliant in it. Julianne Moore simply glows and I've never enjoyed Sir Michael Caine so much before. The soundtrack is beautifully eclectic. Aside from some excellent classical choices, there's an evocative and alternative Spanish take on "Ruby Tuesday" which is a signature on the film. Wait during the end titles to enjoy an excremental song from Jarvis Cocker.

The movie grabbed my attention right from the start, and never let go. Initially, it's the differences of this future world that intrigue. Then, when the action starts, what I found really surprising was the freshness of direction that made me react to bullets and violence as if I'd never seen them in a movie before. If the script wasn't so wonderfully leavened with wit, it would be a grim and scary movie at times.

Finally, the whole thing is lit brilliantly, from the authentic dim English days to the atmospheric ending.

One to watch alongside "The Handmaid's Tale" some time....

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