|Earth, 2027: hope for the future has become a dwindling resource. It has been nearly 19 years since the last baby was born, and with each passing year of inexplicable, global childlessness, mankind edges closer to giving up all claims to a future. While most people choose to embrace the inevitable and descend into separatism, lawlessness and nihilism, others fight on for a unified planet and the rights of the dwindling populations. Great Britian is seeing a tremendous influx of illegal refugees landing on its shores. But with a firm, totalitarian hand, the 'fugees' are herded into detainment camps and deported. Theo is a former activist turned bureaucrat who is way past caring anymore. All of that abruptly changes when Theo finds himself bundled into the back of a van and brought before Julian. Once his partner in both love and war, she is now the head of a covert group fighting government forces. Julia seeks a favour from Theo. She needs to obtain transit papers for Kee, a young woman within her organization who must be taken to the coast where 'The Human Projects' will take her out of the country to a safe place. Theo soon finds out why.|
"Cuaron directs with a sure hand, orchestrating impressively long takes (with the aid of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki)
and maintaining a breath-taking pace throughout, largely by ensuring that the characters are constantly on the move. In
short, this is a gripping, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining thriller. Recommended."
Matthew Turner VIEWLONDON
"Cuaron and his co-screenwriters do the important little things that help make characters believable and take sufficient time to register the deeper impact of things that are troubling the world. They make a place without children's laughter truly a place of horror. The sign over the refugee camp saying Homeland Security is a sly touch.."
Ray Bennett HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"There's so much to enjoy about this film that we don't want it to end. It's a feast for the eye and the mind. It's packed with harrowing story twists and shocking revelations that provoke us to really think about the issues involved (you'll never consider the sound of an incessantly crying baby quite the same again). And all of this combines into a film that's about as satisfyingly entertaining as movies get."
Rich Cline FILMFOCUS
"Pic more than delivers, however, on the action front -- not in bang-for-your-buck spectacle but in the kind of gritty, doculike sequences that haul viewers out of their seats and alongside the main protags. Along with camera operator George Richmond, who shot the entire movie handheld in 16 weeks, Cuaron orchestrates several lengthy single takes that have a front-line feel. Production and costume design have the utterly believable look of the near future: like the present day but with a few tweaks. And Cuaron's decision not to shoot in widescreen actually accentuates the movie's gritty power. U.K. locations are all well used, including some right in the heart of London."
Derek Elley VARIETY
"Cuarón has enough flair for action to keep the chase involving and shows as much sensitivity with Theo's spiritual
re-awakening. A scene where guns are silenced by the sound of a crying baby cuts straight to the heart of the matter and
lingers afterwards. Like the film on the whole, the surrounding noise can be distracting, but there are deeper truths that
strike a chord."
Stella Papamichael BBC MOVIES
"Cuarón has achieved something tremendous, and his take on the action genre rivals that of Paul Greengrass in terms of invigoration. His eye is unfaltering, much like Theo’s, and his film a provocative circus of the mind, rich in ideas and invention but never too proud to stoop to a fart gag. A visually stunning Swiftian satire, Children Of Men may appear clumsy, but its message is simple, heartfelt and ultimately rather moving."
Damon Wise EMPIRE MAGAZINE UK
"Cuarón keeps things moving at a breathtaking pace, packing the screen with so much clever imagery that we can barely take it in (this is definitely one for the big screen). Emmanuel Lubezki's expert cinematography captures a future that's technologically advanced in intriguingly believable ways, but is never remotely Spielberg-slick."
Rich Cline FILMFOCUS
"Children of Men is much more successful when it's an actioner than when trying to tackle contempo social issues. These elements may be enough to satisfy the action-sci-fi aficionados, though not those who expect a politically relevant dystopian feature. There’s a thrilling climactic sequence, involving an assault on a car by two sharpshooters on a scooter and a shoot-out involving the army and brigands, that brings to mind Ridley Scott’s masterfully staged scene in "Black Hawk Down." Though he has only two or three scenes, Caine shines, giving the film the little warmth and color it has with his wonderfully eccentric turn that should be remembered at Oscar time."
Emanuel Levy EMANUALLEVEY.COM