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Children of Men (2006)

 





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Children of Men (2006, UK/US)

In director Alfonso Cuarón’s bleak but visually-brilliant, apocalyptic science-fiction chase-thriller:

  • the opening scene of white-collar government bureaucrat, civil servant and ex-activist Theo Faron (Clive Owen) on his way to work on London's Fleet Street in fascist-run, terrorist-riddled England in the dystopic year 2027 - in the midst of a civil war - when a suicide bomber blast occurred a few steps away
  • the views of society collapsing after two decades of human infertility, leading to the film's long and heroic journey to the utopian Human Project on the coast to protect a miraculously-pregnant woman, and the scene of the terrifying road-ambush scene - filmed from the POV inside the car in a long unbroken shot - when Theo's estranged ex-lover/wife Julian Taylor (Julianne Moore), the leader of the insurgent underground Fishes revolutionary group, was shot in the neck and died shortly after
  • the scene of African fugee (short for refugee) Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey) revealing to Theo her extended pregnant belly (the first pregnancy in the world in about 18 years) and telling him that she trusted him
  • their thrilling escape from the 'safe house' when Theo attempted to jump-start their vehicle by coasting downhill
  • their seeking of refuge at the hidden-in-the-woods home of Theo's long-haired, dope-smoking hippie friend Jasper Palmer (Michael Caine) - and the scene of Jasper's execution (after he had euthanized his catatonic wife with a Quietus suicide-kit) with his "pull my finger" joke
  • the amazing, single-shot scene of Theo assisting Kee in the birth of her baby girl in a crumbling, cold Bexhill apartment building in the refugee camp and internment center area
Rare Pregnancy and Birth
  • the film's most magical moment when Theo and Kee (with her crying baby in her arms) descended the stairs in the midst of a bloody siege and uprising (filmed continuously with a hand-held camera) surrounding a Bexhill apartment building - and the British soldiers and other combatants stood back momentarily in quiet awe
  • the hopeful final scene in which Theo (wounded during the skirmish) slumped over in a rowboat and died at the same moment that they reached the buoy rendezvous point with the Human Project's ship Tomorrow's appearance in the fog

Opening Sequence

Road-Ambush

Julian Taylor's Death


Theo's Death

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