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Children of Men (2006)

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Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller |

Children of Men is a dystopian science fiction action-thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James’ 1992 novel The Children of Men, was credited to five writers, with Clive Owen making uncredited contributions. The film takes place in 2027, when two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. Asylum seekers seek sanctuary in the United Kingdom, where they are subjected to detention and refoulement by the government. Owen plays civil servant Theo Faron, who must help a refugee (Clare-Hope Ashitey) escape the chaos. Children of Men also stars Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Pam Ferris, and Charlie Hunnam.

The film was released on 22 September 2006 in the UK and on 25 December in the US. Critics noted the relationship between the US’ Christmas opening and the film’s themes of hope, redemption, and faith. Despite the limited release and low earnings at the box office compared with its budget, Children of Men received critical acclaim and was recognised for its achievements in screenwriting, cinematography, art direction, and innovative single-shot action sequences.

In 2027, after 18 years of global human infertility and depression, the world is on the brink of collapse and humanity faces extinction. The United Kingdom, one of the few nations with a functioning government, is deluged by asylum seekers fleeing radiation and plague. In response, the UK has become a police state as the British Army rounds up and executes immigrants. Theo Faron, a former activist turned cynical bureaucrat, is kidnapped by the Fishes, a militant immigrants’ rights group. They are led by Theo’s estranged wife, Julian Taylor, from whom he separated after their son’s death during a 2008 flu pandemic.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Writers: Alfonso Cuarón (screenplay), Timothy J. Sexton (screenplay), David Arata (screenplay), Mark Fergus (screenplay), Hawk Ostby (screenplay), P.D. James (novel)

Stars: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Charlie Hunnam, Pam Ferris

Cast:

Juan Gabriel YacuzziBaby Diego (as Juan Yacuzzi)
Mishal HusainNewsreader
Rob CurlingNewsreader
Jon ChevalierCafé Customer
Rita DaviesCafé Customer
Kim FentonCafé Customer
Chris GilbertCafé Customer
Phoebe HawthorneCafé Customer
Rebecca HowardCafé Customer
Atalanta WhiteCafé Customer (as Atlanta White)
Laurence WoodbridgeCafé Customer
Clive OwenTheo Faron
Maria McErlaneShirley
Michael HaugheyMr. Griffiths
Phaldut SharmaIan (as Paul Sharma)
Miriam KarlinCaged German Grandmother
Michael CaineJasper
Philippa UrquhartJanice
Charlie HunnamPatric
Tehmina SunnyZara
Jody HalseImmigration Policeman
Ilario Bisi-PedroCigar Man
Chiwetel EjioforLuke
Julianne MooreJulian
Michael KlesicRado
Martina MessingBirgit
Simon PolandPreacher Trafalgar Square
Barnaby EdwardsMinistry Official
Danny HustonNigel
Ed WestwickAlex
Valerie GriffithsDog Track Woman
Billy CookBookmaker
Pam FerrisMiriam
Clare-Hope AshiteyKee
Gary HoptroughSimon
Rob InchRoad Traffic Police
Jamie KennaRoad Traffic Police
Maurice LeeSamir
Dhafer L’AbidineDhafer
Bruno OuvrardBruno (as Bruno Ouvard)
Denise MackEmily
Jacek KomanTomasz
Joy RichardsonJoy
Caroline Lena OlssonCaroline
Milenka JamesMilenka
Somi De SouzaSomi (as Somi Guha)
Francisco LabbeFrancisco
Thorston ManderlayThorston
Georgia GoodmanGeorgette (as Georgette Pallard)
Peter MullanSyd
Dorothy GrumbarGerman Bus Passenger
Barry MartinGerman Bus Passenger
Ernesto TomasiniItalian Bus Passenger
Keith DunphyBexhill Immigration Officer
Ray TrickittBexhill Immigration Officer (as Ray Trickett)
Nabil ShabanBexhill Market Hustler
Goran KosticBexhill Market Hustler
Dermot O’NeillOne-Legged Hustler
Oana PelleaMarichka
Faruk PrutiSirdjan
Alexandre BestavashviliGeorgian Man (as Alexandre Bestavachvili)
Galina McWhirrGeorgian Woman
Nirmala MartisWailing Woman
Ida ChurchBleeding Woman
Yolanda VazquezSpanish Woman
Andrew BrookeSoldier
Nihal ArthanyakeRadio Announcer (voice) (as Nihal Arthanayake)
Martin AlexanderSoldier (uncredited)
Alex ArgentiArab Refugee (uncredited)
David Olawale AyindeAfrican Slave (uncredited)
Paul BatemanProtestor (uncredited)
Christian BlackSoldier (uncredited)
Michael BurhanTerrorist (uncredited)
Andy CallaghanRiot Policeman / Soldier (uncredited)
Scott DavidsonPhotographer (uncredited)
Ray DonnSoldier (uncredited)
James FiddyCore Military (uncredited)
Caroline GarnellAristocrat, Protester & Refugee (uncredited)
Vera GraziadeiTribe Leader (uncredited)
Philip HarveyShocked Soldier (uncredited)
Kay HeadleyCigarette Beggar Refugee / Torture Victim (uncredited)
P.D. JamesCafé Customer (uncredited)
Forbes KBElite Soldier (uncredited)
Jamie LengyelFirst Human Project Professor (uncredited)
Jeff LeslieImmigration Policeman (uncredited)
Mehmet MahmutFreedom Fighter (uncredited)
João Costa MenezesTerrorist (uncredited)
Steve MurphySoldier (uncredited)
Vidal SanchoBasque Rebel (uncredited)
Mark ShrimptonSoldier (uncredited)
Michael SneldersNewsreader (uncredited)
Bertie StephensSoldier (uncredited)
Albert TangPeople In The Park (uncredited)
John WarmanTaxi Driver (uncredited)
Paul WarrenInjured Refugee (uncredited)
Yana YanezicWoman (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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