Children of Men – A Review
I was able to go see “Children of Men” last night because I had won some free passes during a karaoke contest before Christmas (which is an entirely different story for another time). Let me offer a word of caution before I begin. I’ve never written a movie review and in fact I hate movie reviews in general. If I think a movie looks good to me I’ll go see it regardless of any negative reviews it might have. This movie has made me want to write a movie review, but it will probably be my last movie review because I have two children under the age of four and I don’t get out to the movies much anymore. So here goes.
I had not seen any previews of this movie prior to seeing it and I only read one user’s comments on IMDB. So going in I really had no idea what this movie was about.
The first thirty minutes or so of the movie I can only describe as disorienting. You are thrust into the year 2027 and everyone across the world is mourning the death of Baby Diego, the youngest living person at 18 years old. Everyone is crying for the death of someone they have never met, reminiscent of Princess Diana. Theodore Faron, Clive Owen’s character, is some kind of government worker and lives in
Clive Owen does a decent job as the loner, social outcast, rebel character. However, this seems to be the type of role he plays in every movie. I don’t know if he’s been type cast into this role type or if he just likes these roles. I find it a shame because I find the fellow rather likable and would like to see him in some more challenging roles. Michael Caine is excellent as always; this time as a hippieish pot grower, ex-political cartoonist. His part is unfortunately very small and is really only a minor character to the story. Theo is contacted by his ex-girlfriend/wife played by Julianne Moore. Julian Taylor,
The illegal immigrant, Kee played by Claire-Hope Ashitey, turns out is eight months pregnant (remember Baby Diego was the youngest living human when he died at 18). This leaves Kee with the dilemma of carrying the first baby about to born into the world in 18 years. This is why they are trying to smuggle her out of the country. Julian wants to get Kee to something called the “Human Project” which can take care of Kee and her new baby. The rest of the movie revolves around that theme and all of the obstacles they must overcome to accomplish it.
Frankly, I found the movie to be terrible which drove me to write this review. The movie was just too unbelievable. I tried very hard to like this movie; it just seemed to me that it was trying to be too clever. In what I’m guessing was suppose to be the movie’s most poignant scene, Miriam, who is a former midwife and is caring for the pregnant Kee, is recalling with Theo about how all the babies disappeared. She goes on to say that the mother’s in her care kept miscarrying their babies and that there were no new appointments. She called other midwives around
I don’t want to give away much more of this movie in case you do happen to want to see it. I just believe the writer and director were trying to make a point about something but I’m not entirely sure what that point really was. Maybe it was like that great philosopher Whitney Houston once said, “I believe the children are our future, teach them well…” but for god’s sake don’t let them see this movie.
This post was originally posted under my old Blogger account and has been reposted here backdated to its original posting date (how many versions of “post” can I put into a sentence).