I just came back from watching Children Of Men and I would have to say it was a stunning piece of cinema.
This film really chews up its audience by subjecting them to some of the most bleak and moving imagery with amazing speed and force.
This movie moves at an insane pace and can lose you at times, flying over unimportant plot details. That said, I found it always stayed within my grasp.
The acting was superb and I felt this as well as script and cinematography really added to the gritty realism being portrayed.
The film was stimulating and engrossing at all times with the odd random flicker of humour appearing on screen.
Most importantly for me, the whole premise was believable; this really helped it to pack its powerful punch and added weight to its message.
The only down-side for me was the soundtrack. The musical score should be something the viewer shouldn't be overly aware of in my opinion. It's main purpose is to lift you through the scene changes and highlight the different emotions taking place between the characters in a subtle and complimentary way. This score was almost entirely made up of Beatles wannabe' Brit-soft-rock tunes [which I actually really enjoy], and I grew tired of the repetition by the second half of the movie. It was just too too much by the end.
Reading through the credits I was surprised to see works by Deep Purple, Aphex Twin and The Kills had all featured, but I didn't remember hearing anything remotely like what I would expect songs by those bands to have been like.
I would give this **** [four] stars --- it was thoroughly entertaining and would stand up to repeat viewings. Well worth taking a look at the cinema for the full effect.