Children of Men (2006)

Feature Film | Sci-Fi Thriller | UK/Japan/USA | English | 1h49m
Dir: Alfonso Cuarón | Scr: Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, & Hawk Ostby | Novel: P.D. James | Ph: Emmanuel Lubezki | Prod: Marc Abraham, Eric Newman, Hilary Shor, Iain Smith, & Tony Smith | Mus: John Tavener | Ed: Alfonso Cuarón & Alex Rodríguez | PD: Jim Clay & Geoffrey Kirkland | AD: Gary Freeman & Malcolm Middleton | Cast: Clive Owen, Claire-Hope Ashitey, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Julianne Moore, Pam Ferris, Danny Huston, Peter Mullan, Charlie Hunnam, Oana Pellea

Cuarón’s painfully visceral and disturbingly plausible sci-fi thriller, pregnant with allegorical potential, sees a political activist-turned-civil servant risk life and limb to smuggle a miraculously pregnant woman to the safety of a quite-possibly-mythical organisation, in a near-future Britain beset by violence, unrest, and 18 years of world-wide infertility. The performances are all fine and the production values good, with the ever-grander action sequences and gradual accumulation of nightmarish horror and menace quite incredible. Breath-taking stuff.