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May 6, 2007

Children of Men

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Remind me when my time machine comes back from the shop not to schedule my next trip to anywhere near England, 2027.

How do you spell "dystopia?"

The cover of my DVD box reads as follows:

    The year 2027:

    The last days of the human race

    No child has been born for 18 years

    He must protect our only hope

That's as good a summary as any.

But it doesn't begin to tell you how gripping, frightening and plausible this alternative future appears in the hands of Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón.

What I didn't know before watching it last evening was that Michael Caine, my favorite actor on the whole planet, has a major role, playing a former hippie living in a hidden forest in his own private British Idaho.

And I'd completely forgotten, until the credits rolled, that the film is based on a 1992 novel

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Seems almost universal that this is a "guy movie."

I have no dangly appendage and I really liked it.

There's something poignant about the premise.

Posted by: IB | May 8, 2007 12:25:42 AM

It was indeed a gripping movie and I liked how it thrust you into the story without training wheels... you just sorta had to figure out and catch up on the fly. But I would've liked more backstory on certain parts. And the director tipped his hand on Julianne Moore's cohorts a little too early or easily.

Seems almost universal that this is a "guy movie." My wife absolutely hated it even despite how she really loves Clive Owens. And nearly every other woman at work responded similarly.

Posted by: Rob O. | May 7, 2007 8:25:51 PM

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