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In 2027, a chaotic world in which women have somehow become infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.

Children of Men jumps out by it’s raw documentaric feel and the complex choreographed long takes and scenes helping to draw the viewer closer into the story. Breaking the 4th wall, these long takes help achieve a sense of reality and a documentaric feel which would otherwise not be present. While long takes are impressive on their own, it is always even more impressive when they are executed to serve the story, as seen here, and not just in service of showmanship. The use of desaturated reds, yellows, grey, greens, and browns symbolizing hopelessness, fit perfectly to the toxic and apocalyptic environment creating a realistic feel toward the story being told. A contrast between the destroyed chaotic world can easily be seen when “The Tomorrow” appears in the film, which happens inside dense fog – an isolated environment where no chaos exists. The significance of the boat signalling hope and safety is therefore heightened, it’s vibrant blue color pushing back the warmer more dull look of the chaotic warfare environment. Shaky camera moves give the viewer a sense of how chaotic and stressful this world really is. The tension, therefore, is always there, the toxic atmosphere of the surrounding war never ends.

Cinematographer: EMMANUEL LUBEZKI
Year: 2006
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Children of Men
Next Film: Blade Runner
Previous Film: 2001: A Space Odyssey

January 6, 2018

If you like these Stills, make sure to buy the movie, it is our absolutely highest recommendation.

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