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Alfonso Cuarón - Children of Men


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I really like the look of this. I'm not a big Clive Owen fan but I'm intrigued by this. In anyone else's hands this could have been something like V for Vendetta without the V but I think Cuaron can really add something different to this movie. One to watch I feel.


Children of Men" envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction.

Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence and warring nationalistic sects, "Children of Men" follows disillusioned bureaucrat Theo (Owen) as he becomes an unlikely champion of Earth's survival. When the planet's last remaining hope is threatened, this reluctant activist is forced to face his own demons and protect her from certain peril.

Directed and co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Y tu mamá también"), "Children of Men" also stars Julianne Moore as the leader of an underground opposition group and Michael Caine as Jasper.

The film is produced by Marc Abraham & Eric Newman ("Spy Game," "Dawn of the Dead"), Hilary Shor & Tony Smith ("Eye of the Beholder," "Beautopia") and Iain Smith ("Alexander," "Cold Mountain"). It is adapted for the screen by Cuarón and Timothy J. Sexton ("Live from Baghdad").


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Colour me interested.

The trailer looked good, apart from one cheesy line "We will find a way to get you to the human project, I promise you." I dunno, I just found it... well, cheesy.

Other than that, it's looking good. Any idea on a release date?

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Wow, the UK get the movie a week before the US.

Italy 30 August 2006 (Venice Film Festival)

UK 22 September 2006

USA 29 September 2006

New Zealand 5 October 2006

Austria 20 October 2006

Italy 20 October 2006

Spain 20 October 2006

Australia 26 October 2006

Netherlands 26 October 2006

Argentina 2 November 2006

Belgium 8 November 2006

Germany 9 November 2006

Brazil 10 November 2006

Poland 10 November 2006

Sweden 10 November 2006

Romania 17 November 2006

Finland 8 December 2006

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The way his films are shot are just incredible. The scene in Y Tu Mama Tambien where he's fucking her in the car and the other guy is by the tree trying to have a look. In HP there's so many fantastic shots, namely the bridge and the flower withering. Soooo good.

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I read the final shooting script for this a while back and I have to say I thought it was utterly forgetable. It is full of cliche, carboard characterisation, and action sequences that are more impalusible than thrilling. The only bits I liked turned out to be P.D James material.

Ofcourse Cuaron is pretty special so maybe it'll flower onscreen but I tell you the screenplay is average to bad.

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I was also at a freebee last night, absolutely blew my socks off, it's a damn shame that I had even seen a trailer as had you known nothing about the film, the scene where the *BEEEEP* would have knocked you for six.

OMG spoilerz! Not for me, I've seen the trailer. I'm sure not everyone has though.

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I was also at a freebee last night, absolutely blew my socks off, it's a damn shame that I had even seen a trailer as had you known nothing about the film, the scene where the woman reveals that she is pregnant would have knocked you for six. My only (mild) gripe about the film is that the story could have been stronger, it's like they had this great idea and just kept building set pieces around it. I can see myself buying the DVD/Blue Ray/HD-DVD more to watch the set pieces again rather than to what "the film", if you see what I mean.

Anyway, Owen was fab, couldn't fault him, everyone else was spot on (Caine was very, very good), the vision involved was amazing, the little details included were impecible, reminded me so much off a Half-Life 2 combined with Killzone. I was told by my girlfriend that I sat there with my mouth open for about 5 minutes and literally didn't blink. This film has to be seen at the cinema to do it any justice. I just don't think it will be regarded as a classic, which is a shame as a stronger story may have lifted it up to that place. However it's still a film which thoroughly depressed you yet left you feeling amazingly uplifted at the same time.

Go see it.


Once more have seen it we can have a real chat about some of the scenes, I swear there was at least a 5 minute single take (the camera never leaves Owen, once the girl and child are taken away from him in the refugee camp, up until he finds them again in the building) which if that is the case is one of the greatest feats of cinema production I have ever seen.

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Man, just got back from watching this... I was blown away. It's the film of the year for me.

It had the best future world I can remember since Blade Runner, and some of the best war/action scenes I've seen since Saving Private Ryan.

The story was pretty throw away, and it could have done with another layer of detail on the politics/backstory front, but everything on the visual front -- camera work, editing, scene composition -- was truly awesome.

It also had probably the best use of slight of hand CGI I've seen this year, with some great subtle background FX work and seemless "stitch" editing. The attack scene in the car -- the one with the motorbike -- and the uprising scene at the end looked utterly fantastic. Seemless, mindblowing stuff.

Like I said, film of the year. I can't wait to see it again.

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