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Children of Men: A Barking Vision of the Future

Childrenmen190r Based on the footage I saw at Comic-Con, one movie I'm really looking forward to, which was tantalizingly shown in Venice and not Toronto, is Alfonso Cuaron's futuristic thriller Children of Men, starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore, which has opened in Blighty to strong reviews (especially for Oscar perennial Michael Caine) and business (it opened number one, with a $6,597 per theater average).
Early reviews: THR. "Based on a novel by British mystery writer P.D. James, the film works both as a thriller and as a satisfying political and social drama," writes Ray Bennett.
Emanuel Levy.
The Brit reviews: "An entertaining and utterly barking vision of the future," writes The London Times.
"...there is something just so grimly and grittily plausible about the awful world conjured up here, and the full-on urban warfare scenes really are electrifying," writes The Guardian.
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Empire Online.
The Daily Mirror.
The BBC.
Time Out interviews Cuaron about shooting the future in London:

"We said: let's do something like 'Y Tu Mamá También' – but in the future. Both this and 'Y Tu Mamá También' are road movies, first and foremost. There was also continuity between the two films in the sense that the principle was the same: to make a road movie in which context is as important as character. If you want to be mean, you could say that 'Y Tu Mamá También' is a very formulaic film – two guys on the road with a girl, shit happens. It's the same here: 'Children of Men' is a road movie in which a reluctant hero tries to bring a character to safety. You could give that story to Michael Bay. But for me, what was important was the social and political resonance and the context."


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