” The world’s youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth.
Set in 2027 London with a Hollywood cast including Clive Owen and Michael Caine. One would assume that it would be full of explosions and guns which is actually true but there is a good story line which is backed up with a lot small nuggets of gold produced by the prop team and the cinematographer -Emmanuel Lubezki
This post is going to be a overview of different aspects of the movie from concept,directing, cinematography,set design, props and Cgi unlike the Book of Eli post.
The first thing that I focused on with the movie was the reference to the Bible like the book of Eli – but in this case it’s specifically of the birth of Christ.
This shot is taken from the first time Theo (Clive Owen) sees the pregnant girl Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey) for the first time.
It looks very cliche for this shot to be taken in a barn, a direct reference to the birth of Christ. However the way the movie plays out by being in a farm safe house and the barn being the only place of privacy to the audience only a keen eye would make this connection.
The next scene when most of the audience realize that there is a connection between the movie and the birth of Jesus is when Kee and Theo have a conversation in Jasper’s house (Michael Caine) Sound Bite below:
Although just a joke between the two It shows the importance of the child that will be born and how it will change the future just like Jesus.
The next Shot is of Kee giving birth. Watching this it just reminded me of the birth scene in the stable. The European women giving them this room was like the Inn keeper to Mary and Joseph.
Going off at a tangent by not talking about the relevance to the Bible; the shot is very effective as it shows the stark contrast between labour in the present day with nurses and hospitals compared to 2027 in the movie.
Whilst we are on the subject of this shot I would like to draw your attention to this footage which shows the making of this scene and how it is compiled together :
By watching this video it shows that its not just the actors and directors job for the movie to create a certain atmosphere – but it is also up to the cinematographer and the post production team.
I also enjoy watching this “behind the scenes” as it shows what is capable with CGI.
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