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Review of Children of Men
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England: 2009

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This film seemed to be released with very little fanfare across the UK and I was apprehensive about seeing it at first. I thought it would be just another film about totalitarian carnage, fresh off the back of V for Vendetta. However, this film isn't generic at all. It's utterly chilling and particularly close to home when you live so close to some of the locations in the film.

The final scenes of this film are breathtaking, a true master-class in film directing. I don't often notice subtle camera techniques employed in films, but the long take at the end of this film was awe inspiring. The rest of the story - about the self-destruction of humanity after everybody loses the ability to procreate - was interesting and really quite scary. Civilisation's response to this pandemonium was utterly believable and chilling. Although set as far forward as 2027, the general devolution of mankind isn't too far fetched a reality to imagine in the nearer future. Clive Owen gained infinite respect from me after this film.

9/10
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on 15 June 2007 23:23

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