Children of Men

  • Directors:
  • Producers: Marc Abraham, Eric Newman, Iain Smith, Hilary Shor, Tony Smith, Thomas Bliss, Armyan Bernstein
  • Writers: Novel, P D James, Screenplay, Timothy J Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Uncredited, Clive Owen 1
  • Genres: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Clare Hope Ashitey, Pam Ferris, Danny Huston, Peter Mullan, Michael Caine

The film is set in the year 2027. Due to an unexplained infertility pandemic, no human children have been born in any part of the world for more than eighteen years. The world has descended into chaos with most governments in the world collapsing, leaving the United Kingdom as one of the sole organised societies. At the beginning, it is said that Seattle is under a siege for its 1,000th day, and that there may have been a nuclear attack on New York. Consequently, millions of refugees (referred to as “fugees”) have flooded into the United Kingdom seeking asylum. As a result of the influx, Britain has become a militarised police state. The British Army occupies the streets and forcefully detains all ‘illegal immigrants’ and suspected sympathisers.

The film opens with Theo, an activist turned apathetic bureaucrat, buying coffee in a crowded coffee shop. There, he learns that the world’s youngest human, an eighteen-year-old known as “Baby Diego”, has been stabbed to death in Buenos Aires for refusing to sign an autograph. As Theo leaves the café on Fleet Street, he stops and adds some alcohol to his coffee and then a bomb explodes, destroying the coffee shop and killing numerous passers-by. The government attributes the attack to the Fishes, an underground resistance group advocating the rights of “every immigrant in Britain”. Shaken, Theo visits his friend, Jasper Palmer, a former editorial cartoonist and aging hippie. Jasper lives in a secluded hideaway in the countryside and spends his time growing cannabis and caring for his catatonic wife, a former photojournalist tortured by the government.

As the fighting resumes, they join Marichka and make their way to a small boat, and Theo rows Kee and her baby out to the buoy that marks the rendezvous point. As they depart from the coast, British fighter planes fly in and destroy Bexhill. Kee sees blood in the boat, and Theo admits that Luke shot him during their escape. Kee then says she will name her baby “Dylan,” after Theo’s deceased son. As Theo loses consciousness and slumps to the side of the boat, the Tomorrow emerges from the thick fog.

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