Children of Men (2007)

Universal

Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine

Rating: R.

Run time: 109 mins

Genre: Science fiction/fantasy

Verdict: Beautiful (see rating system)

If you can swallow the basic premise - all women on Earth suddenly become infertile - this is a pretty good sci-fi thriller.

It’s 2027, 18 years after the last child was born. All nations are torn by violence and despair as the end of the human race approaches. Many desperate refugees head for Britain, where an authoritarian regime in Britain keeps a shaky grip on a crumbling society. Illegal immigrants are rounded up and thrown in detention camps.

Julian (Julianne Moore) is an underground opposition leader wanted by the state. She contacts her old lover Theo (Clive Owen), a former activist with government contacts to see if he’ll help spirit a young woman to the coast and a ship to a safe haven.

Julian and Theo have unfinished romantic business that must wait as he reluctantly undertakes a treacherous mission through a war-torn land as police and army battle anti-government forces..The movie generates a lot of tension and there are good performances all round.

Michael Caine contributes an amusing cameo as a burned out hippy who provides Theo with a country hideout.I don’t buy the mass infertility idea and we’re never told what causes it. That said, this is an entertaining yarn.

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