HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 06:  Clive Owen arrives at Paramount Pictures' Premiere Of "Gemini Man" on October 6, 2019 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
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Filming Children Of Men Didn't Feel Like Science Fiction For Clive Owen
There've been plenty of dystopian movies over the past few decades, but Alfonso Cuarón's not-particularly-faithful adaptation of P.D. James' novel "Children of Men" is one of the best. It's a dark, beautifully shot, emotionally draining film, one that serves as a highlight of Clive Owen's already impressive acting career.
What made “Children of Men” interesting to Owen was how, minus a few minor advances in technology, it doesn't actually look like the future at all. He said, "If you look at the opening scene, my character walks into a café, walks outside, and a bomb goes off ... That's the world we're in. That's not futuristic, you know.”
Sure enough, even as the real 2027 approaches and the main premise of the movie hasn't happened yet, almost everything else in the movie feels prescient. "Children of Men" features a world in major political turmoil with a refugee crisis, a Britain in serious decline, and a population that has generally lost hope in any possibility of a brighter future.