Children of Men is an action-thriller released in 2006. The film was directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón and based on a novel titled The Children of Men by P. D. James. It stars Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and more. Children of Men was released with critical claim and has a high 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It received many awards and even picked up 3 Oscar nominations.
Even still today, this film makes its way on countless top-rated movie lists. Millicent Thomas from Screen Queens said it best in a 2018 review, “[Children of Men] is simultaneously soul-crushing and spirit-lifting. Watching twelve years after its release, the potent themes of immigration, border control, and seeking humanity in others means Children of Men remains more timely than ever.”
Theo Faron (Clive Owen) is a former activist that has turned into a government official and warden after the world as turned into chaos. The film is set in a dystopian 2027 where women have become infertile and no one is sure why. The last baby was born 18 years ago and humanity is on the brink of extinction.
The entire world starts to collapse around because of this and the United Kingdom, where Faron is located, is one of the last countries with a still-functioning government. Since they are being overrun by asylum seekers, the UK takes the drastic measure to turn into a police state and kill all immigrants that seek refuge there.
While all of this is going on, Faron is suddenly kidnapped by the Fishes, a radical immigrants’ rights group. It turns out the Fishes are led by Faron’s estranged wife, Julian Taylor (Julianne Moore), who needs Faron to get transit papers for an immigrant named Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey). After Faron gets the papers, he agrees to help transport the girl in exchange for money.
After an ambush, the group heads to a Fishes safehouse where it is then revealed that Kee is pregnant. The rest of the film centers around trying to get Kee to the Human Project, a group that is rumored to be working on the cure for infertility the Azores, one of the autonomous regions of Portugal. The child Kee is carrying would be the first child born in 27 years. Therefore, getting her to the scientists at the Human Project, if it actually exists, is essential for the survival of humanity.
What are the consequences of worldwide infertility? Will Faron get Kee to the Human Project safely? Does the human project actually exist? Find out all of these answers and more by checking out Children of Men. It’s a thought-invoking, dystopian thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.