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Thursday, January 18, 2007
 

Movie Review: Children of Men
Grade: B-

Children of Men is not as good as the trailer would have you believe. I am a sucker for sci-fi, and the trailer looked good, so of course I went to see it. The movie starts off promisingly enough, with Clive Owen as a worker bee in a near-future London. Some of the ladies are really into Clive Owen. I can take him or leave him. But I do like London and the near-future, so I was ready to enjoy.

Towards the beginning of the film, there are some intriguing political and social questions raised. Clive's friends, an older couple played by Michael Caine and some lady, have a hidden marijuana ranch out in the country filled with newspaper clippings about their rebellious past. Michael's wife is paralyzed after having been tortured when she was a journalist.

This is interesting stuff, although it is odd that the music playing in their house is The Beatles, given that this movie takes place far enough in the future that today's old hippies would be dead, and the new old hippies would be people who are currently in their twenties. But I suppose viewers take comfort in familiar cliches.

Julianne Moore is in this movie, but her role, or perhaps the way she plays it, make that part of the movie forgettable.

One of the main elements of the story is that women have become infertile and there are no children. That happily means there are no annoying kid actors in this movie. After a few plot twists, Clive is on the lam with a young pregnant woman whose name I forget. This is where the movie started to lose me.

In their haste, Clive makes a classic person-on-the-lam-in-a-movie mistake that no one who has ever seen a movie would make. This results in their being closely pursued by the bad guys, and lots of people dying. The movie devolves into an endless torrent of bullets and explosions and running around, people dying, and all the usual baloney that makes so many movies seem alike these days.

And then the movie ends before the most interesting part of the story even begins. My suggestion: If you like sci-fi, Clive Owen, and/or action movies, rent this.

This review is featured in The Carnival of Cinema Episode XV.

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