I'm not exactly sure what I expected from this PD James-adapted action movie, but it certainly wasn't that I'd see one of the best movies I've seen this year, and one of the most intense and interesting sci fi movies to come along in a very long time.
Clive Owen is as handsome and brilliant as always, no surprise there, but I was surprised to find how realistic his character is. Not a Rambo-superman, but a regular, albeit unreasonably handsome, regular guy who spends little (to no) time kicking ass and most of the movie trying to escape with his life.
Children of Men takes place in the near future, and if you're pessimistic, it seems like a pretty accurate depiction. Mankind has become barren. Only fear, war, paranoia and madness thrive. Owen becomes the reluctant protector of the last pregnant woman and has to deliver her safely to a possibly imaginary activist group.
The film is bleak and gut wrenching, especially since it's not too difficult to imagine yourself in some of the worst case scenarios in this plausible futurescape. A thinking man's action movie with top rate performances and stunning visuals.