Saturday, August 4, 2012
Movie Rave: Children of Men
You know you've found a good movie when you're incredibly sick and tired, but you fight off your sleep just to finish the story. Children of Men, a movie from director Alfonso Cuaron, is such film. Harry Potter lovers may remember Cuaron for directing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He brought his own color and tone to the series, showing how to make a Potter film that wasn't dry and dull in its interpretation of the story. His creativity translates well to Children of Men, with gritty realism mixed with the future fantasty.
Children of Men, which stars Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, and Michael Caine, is set in 2027 in a world where there are no more children. The last baby was born several years ago, taking with it the last hope for a better world. By a divine miracle, one woman becomes pregnant once again. She must be protected and taken far away, to a sanctuary. The baby is the only hope for a world that has long been void of the voices of children. The film questions life, death, and purpose all while asking its characters to sacrifice everything for the sake of hope.
Both the movie and the soundtrack offer violent and visceral emotions. The movie is a thinking man's action story if there ever was one. Watch the 2006 film, and just try to forget it. I saw it while sick, and I still remember it as though I watched it yesterday.