Genre Guesstimation – Children of Men (2006)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by DJ Valentine of Simplistic Reviews and we will be reviewing our favorite Reluctant Hero Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice DJ!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Reluctant Hero Movies..

“As the sound of the playgrounds faded, the despair set in. Very odd, what happens in a world without children’s voices. ” – Miriam

Number of Times Seen – Twice (21 Jan 2007 and 17 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – In the not to distant future where all women are sterile, a former political activist is thrust back into his old life when he is asked to help transport a young woman to a far away ‘safe zone.’

My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.

This movie was DJ’s choice for me to watch.

This is a really powerful film that manages to work on numerous levels.

It is even more realistic to believe in the pseudo-post Corona world that we are all living in.

The movie has a great premise which allows for us to see how society could possibly evolve when disease, politics and economic crises befall the world order.

Clive Owen is perfectly cast in the role of reluctant hero here and we can constantly feel his hesitations throughout about whether to get involved or not in situations that he has tried to say far away from over the years.

What’s great tho, is at certain intervals, we can see the drive that he has underneath it all which moves him forward even when he thinks that it is all impossible.

They give us a very brutal depiction of society but it all somehow still seems quite realistic and plausible in the way it is all shown.

The pacing of te story works quite well in establishing things in order for us to see the way society works.

Owen stays the focal point of the story where all of the other characters are constantly changing as things move along.

The story is a dark one that depicts things in a scary way, yet it still seems to work because of the script which manages to stay gripping from start to finish along with some great surprises that add to the various twists and turns of it all.

Bottom Line – Such a powerful film that seems even more realistic in the (pseudo)-post Corona world. The premise of the film is great and they allow us to see how society could possibly evolve when disease, politics and economic crises collide.  Owen is perfectly cast in the lead role and we can constantly feel the way that he hesitates to get involved yet, underneath it all, we can see the drive that he has that still propels him on his way. The film is quite brutal in its depiction of society, but they still make things feel quite plausible throughout. The story moves along at a great pace and the way that the characters change throughout the course of the story works really well in establishing Owen as the focal point throughout. The film is quite dark in its depiction of things, but it still works really quite well and stays gripping  the whole way through due to some great surprises along the way. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sir Michael Caine based his performance on John Lennon. Mid movie when Jasper & Miriam are talking about good teams, Theo & Julian, Jasper mentions Lennon & McCartney beforehand. Possibly a nod. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely. Such a great and gripping story that works so well from start to finish.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Children of Men (2006)

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