Children Of Men * * * * *
Director: Alfonso Cauron.
Screenplay: Alfonso Cauron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby.
Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Pam Ferris, Danny Huston, Peter Mullan.
Based on the novel by P.D. James and filmed with brilliant intensity by director Alfonso Cauron.
Set in an apocalyptic London in the year 2027 where society has been plunged in chaos and the future of humankind is in danger due to not being able to procreate. Out of the blue, journalist and former political activist Theo Faron (Clive Owen) is approached by his ex-wife and entrusted with helping a woman to saftey from the turmoil of the city. Theo soon finds out that the reason why, is because she is the worlds only pregnant woman and may be the only hope humanity have left for survival.
Director Cauron paints a horrific yet entirely believable vision of a bleak, not too distant, future with brilliantly realistic action scenes and the cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki (“Burn After Reading”) is the most intense and gripping I’ve seen in recent years. Clive Owen is perfectly cast as the rugged, world weary Theo and Michael Caine adds a welcome touch of humour as his aging, hash smoking hippie friend Jasper.
An absolutely harrowing and hauntingly realistic vision of a dystopian world and impossible to take your eyes of the screen. Easily one of the best films of recent times. Powerful and visceral stuff.