CHILDREN OF MEN: ANOTHER CUARON-LUBEZKI MASTERPIECE

Posted: April 8, 2014 in Movies
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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” 
― Albert Einstein

Since last week, all I had been doing is watching movies where there have been undermining layers about life and death, hope and despair. Children Of Men is the next in my list.

Finally after getting smitten by his recent work Gravity, I got to watch Alfonso Cuaron’s 2006 flick Children Of Men set in the futuristic dystopian world laden with despair. To be honest, I was more attracted to the movie for its involvement with the famed-cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Every time, I watch his work and I see life being breathed into the characters and surroundings.

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Based in 2027, the story takes you through a period where there is nothing but despair in the lives of people. And all this is just because of infertility. The whole world has been swallowed by this crisis and people are directly looking into mankind’s own demise. Amidst this, there arises a hope. Does that hope live up till its end? Or does it gets crushed by mankind’s own greed and wishes? That’s what we seek in this beautifully directed and cinematographed story.

The characters, strongly played by Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Clare Hope Ashitey, Chiwetel Ejiofor take you through this journey that has been made invisible by the fog of destruction all around. To guide us along this journey, are motifs that have been placed as aptly possible at the correct moments of the narrative.

The movie, shot in Britain used impeccable techniques for its photography. Also, Alfonso Cuaron used arts like Michelangelo’s David, La Pieta, Pablo Picasso’s Guernica and Banksy’s street paintings in the backgrounds, thus adding a meaning and richness to the frames.

One of the most famous long takes in the movie- The Car Ambush Scene, was filmed with a rigorous setup above the car with camera personnels above its roof. The shot thus filmed, showed exactly the emotions that everyone was going through in that scene.

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The whole story being shot on the theme of HOPE uses a certain amount of organic lighting in the frames, thus making it more believable and connected! The use of foreground and background objects to create spatial differences between characters can only be done by the master Emmanuel Lubezki.

Finally, this is another movie after Gravity that blew my fucking brains out! 🙂

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