Children of Men claimed the #6 spot on my "Best movies of the year 2006" list. It was in limited release in 2006 to capitalize the late-season oscar push, but opens up in Austin tomorrow at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. I'm not alone in my praise, though. Children of Men landed the pick-of-the-week spot in the Austin Chronicle and is sporting a rocking 90% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
Children of Men envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction.
Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows disillusioned bureaucrat Theo (Clive Owen) as he becomes an unlikely champion of Earth's survival. When the planet's last remaining hope is threatened, this reluctant activist is forced to face his own demons and protect her from certain peril.
Directed and co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y tu mamá también), Children of Men also stars Julianne Moore as the leader of an underground opposition group and Michael Caine as Jasper.