Ok, so there is a certain truth that I have come to accept… It doesn’t happen all the time… but does happen about 65 – 75 percent of the time… That is that there is a certain type of person who just honestly should not be making the classic, ‘B’ style movie!
The reason being is that for whatever reason… For whatever reason these people seem to think that it is a good idea to take what could be a great post-apocalyptic or dystopian future movie that could have real grit and real amusement to it… And turn it in to a shitty pretentious art house flick that may have some good moments… But generally just is not great….
I will go more in to what I mean by this soon, but a lot of this is the reason why I was so tremendously disappointed in Children Of Men (2006)!
Written by: Hawk Ostby (The Expanse), Mark Fergus (Iron-Man), David Arata (The Angel), Timothy J. Sexton (Cesar Chavez), Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity). & Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón. Starring: Clive Owen (Gemini Man), Michael Caine (Batman Begins) & Julianne Moore (Hannibal).
”Ok, the Human Project gives this great, big dinner for all the scientists and sages in the world. They’re tossing around theories about the ultimate mystery: why are all the women infertile? Why can’t we make babies anymore? So, some say it’s genetic experiments, gamma rays, pollution, same ol’, same ol’. So, anyway, in the corner, this Englishman’s sitting, he hasn’t said a word, he’s just tuckin’ in his dinner. So, they decide to ask him, they say, “Well, why do you think we can’t make babies anymore?” And he looks up at ’em, he’s chewin’ on this great big wing and he says “I haven’t the faintest idea,” he said, “but this stork is quite tasty isn’t he?”” – Jasper (A quote from Michael Caine from the movie, Children Of Men (2006).)
London, 2027. In this dystopian world, humans have been incapable of reproducing for eighteen years for an unknown reason, meaning the imminent extinction of the species.
Britain is the one remaining civilized society on the planet, which has resulted in people wanting to immigrate there. As such, it has become a police state in order to handle the immigrants, who are placed into refugee camps.
Lowly government bureaucrat Theo Faron (Played by: Clive Owen), once an activist, is approached by the Fishes, deemed a terrorist group, led by his ex-wife Julian Taylor (Played by: Julian Moore), who he has not seen in close to twenty years, their marriage which disintegrated following the death of their infant son Dylan during the 2008 flu pandemic.
Although the Fishes did use terrorist means in their on-going revolution against the state in the fight for immigrant rights, Julian vows that they now garner support solely by speaking to the people.
What she wants is for Theo to use his connections to get transit papers for a young immigrant woman named Kee (Played by: Claire-Hope Ashety) who needs to get to the coast.
Although initially reluctant to do it because of the difficulty, Theo is able to grant Julian this favor, however with the change that he now needs to accompany Kee on her journey.
As Theo and Kee progress on that journey, Theo learns more and more about what’s going on, including the reason that Kee needs to get to the coast, the fact that no one in the group knows if their end destination even exists, and that his and Kee’s lives are in greater danger than he believed when they started the journey. But Theo’s sole mission becomes to help Kee at any cost for the survival of the species.
Now like most arthouse films, they do have their audience, and they do have their moments… But not for me… And not when it comes to one of these dystopian films!
You see these types of movies are always to sleek and sexy… The film is written well enough… Despite having to many writers… You have actors who are good in the movie but not entirely suited for it… And you have a special effects setup that is a little to big for a movie of this size!
And that is all this in this movie… Clive Owen always seemed kind of out of place… Julianne Moore looked pretty out of place… As a matter of fact… The only big name in this movie that I really liked was Michael Caine, (But it is pretty rare to see him in a film that he did that sucked!)
The dialog in this movie sometimes seemed a little to disjointed… And I still did not like the arthouse feel!
You know if you like that to sleek and sexy for its own good type of movie… Then check this movie out… Otherwise it is one worth for the bargain bin… But not much else…