Today - Go See Children of Men!
by Alex Billington
January 5, 2007
I rarely ever write something like this, but this time I need to. I am suggesting you go see Children of Men this weekend somehow somewhere someway - you can't miss it. It opens wider into 1210 theaters - not all of them, but many of them around the US. There are many reasons that you need to see it, beyond being of the greatest films of the year and one of the greatest films in a long time, topping the "Top 10" lists of many, many critics; it also needs your help and to prove to Universal how to not mishandle films this incredible in the future.
I guarantee this will be an unforgettable theatrical experience, and you need to see it in the theaters on the big screen with full-on sound to truly experience what it is. You remember Matrix, don't you? Hardly anyone saw it in theaters because it didn't take off on its revolution until later when it finally made it to DVD. Children of Men deserves better than this, and more importantly, when the time comes, you want to be one of the people that can say "I saw that in the theater!"
Secondly, I believe Universal has mishandled the release of this film just a bit. It's getting an expansion to quite a large number of theaters, but not enough. It needs a full wide release to 2500 theaters, even if most of them don't entirely sell out. When critics and the general public alike are both saying this is one of the best films they've seen in years, then it deserves it. And it doesn't have a very polarized love/hate response like The Fountain, it has very positive reviews all-around from almost everyone who sees it.
The bottom line: don't miss it! Go see Children of Men in theaters while you have the chance, and even make it this weekend, to make an impact upon Universal and to truly enjoy an amazing cinematic experience!
This movie did not live up to this review. Ever since King Arthur, I've tried to see everything Clive Owen, but this was a disappointment. There was no defining moment in this picture - no time when the build-up actually reached a crescendo. The characters seemed to move from scene to scene in a methodical, flat manner. Many of the exterior scenes with the extras reminded me of Soylent Green - people had given up on life and had nothing to do. They lived in squalor and were resigned to it. This bleak futuristic outlook of our planet is popular in many movies, but just doesn't work for me here. Why wasn't the young girl's pregnancy celebrated by the masses? Why did her 'secret' have to be hidden to protect her? I was quite disappointed.
Winchester on Nov 21, 2007
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