TMS 30 Greatest Movies: #31 Children of Men

October 26, 2007 | Comments (0) | by Governor X

Note: After looking at my compiled rankings, it was brought to my attention that I had miscalculated the score for one movie that would've put it in the Top 30. With the correction made, that bumped Children of Men to #31. But instead of dropping it outright from the list, we'll leave it as part of the TMS 30.

Children of Men
Year: 2006
Genre: Sci Fi, Adventure
Main Actors: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine
Ranked: Governor Gray Davis #1, Chaim Witz #29

Its 2027 and the world has gone to hell in a handbasket. Cities have been nuked, war and terrorism rage across the globe, and the human race has become sterile. Britain is still semi-functional and has cracked down on all immigrants to maintain order. The only hope for humanity may in fact be one of the demonized "fugees" that is not welcome on British soil.

Reasons This Movie Kicks Ass
Deep, but not obnoxious political commentary coupled with some of the most impressive action sequences ever filmed and Michael Caine as an over-the-hill pot head.

Monster Role
I have never seen Clive Owen in a role he didn't absolutely nail. His portrayal of a disaffected political activist resigned to not only his fate, but the fate of all humanity, could not be better. If a film is ever made about my life, I want Clive in the lead role.

Knock Your Dick in the Dirt Moment
Alfonso Cuarón is one of my favorite filmmakers in the business today (Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), and delivers big time here. Children of Men offers two separate single-shot action sequences to knock your dick in the dirt. One is a four minute sequence involving a hoarde of people, gunshots, and a flaming car and the other is a seven and a half minute escape sequence with what amounts to a war going on in the background. DVD bonus features are usually worthless, but the story behind these sequences is well worth your time.

Watch this movie if you like.....
V for Vendetta, George Orwell, or other tales about our imminent dystopian future.