Children of Men

Children of Men

Alfonso Cuarón (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
England, 2027: this green and pleasant land is now a dirty dystopia in which humanity has become infertile and its childless society is crumbling as refugees and terrorists fight the fascist powers that be. Submerged in this chaos is alcoholic former activist-turned-bureaucrat Theo Faron (Clive Owen), who watches in despair from the sidelines until a surprise visit from an ex-lover (Julianne Moore) offers him an unlikely glimmer of hope. Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También) here delivers a truly startling take on PD James's downbeat novel, reworking its apocalyptic theme through the cracked prism of the post-9/11 era. Owen is excellent and there's a glorious turn from Michael Caine as an ageing, pot-smoking ex-political cartoonist. But it's Cuarón's film: his hand-held camerawork apeing news broadcasts as it records nerve-shredding action set pieces in tense, unbroken shots. True, the proceedings are occasionally marred by a surfeit of plot exposition, yet the stark triumph of Children of Men lies in how its visceral vérité style brings the realities of a War on Terror fought in distant lands crashing back onto British soil.


In a future blighted by mass infertility, the human race is one generation from extinction and the world has plunged into chaos. In a totalitarian Britain, a jaded former activist tries to protect the first woman to become pregnant in nearly 20 years. However, a militant underground group plans to use her for its own ends. Thriller, starring Clive Owen, Michael Caine and Julianne Moore.

Cast & Crew

Theodore Faron Clive Owen
Julian Julianne Moore
Jasper Michael Caine
Luke Chiwetel Ejiofor
Patric Charlie Hunnam
Kee Claire-Hope Ashitey
Miriam Pam Ferris
Nigel Danny Huston
Syd Peter Mullan
Marichka Oana Pellea
Director Alfonso Cuarón
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Sep 2006