Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Children of Men

Children of Men – Alfonso Cuaron – A vivid, dystopian evocation of England gripped, along with the rest of the world, in an anarchic state of entropy induced by a fertility crisis. Pregnancy is seemingly impossible and youth is an exotic rarity reported with celebrity fanaticism. Cuaron expertly re-imagines England as a bleak but believable (sometimes disturbingly familiar) wasteland in disarray. His muted, dark and greying pallet, recalling the portentous ambience he brought to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Clive Owen is perfectly cast as the convincingly rugged bastion of masculinity, unto whom the future of mankind (no less) is entrusted. Michael Cane has an entertaining turn as an old hippie, fond of weed and fart jokes but fortified with a wholesome moral compass - and all the other necessary liberal credentials needed to ornament this familiar, cut out character. The film balances between its viscerally grimy portrait of England and the palpable, mounting desperation of revolution with a memorable aesthetic that comes close to the shaky realism of war footage. 7.5/10

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