Children of Men ★★★½

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A somewhat good film but not nearly the sci-fi masterpiece it is often called.

The first act is not that interesting and completely filled with tropes and clichés: the average guy with a corporate job who gets dragged in a big adventure and reluctantly accepts his role as the hero, the chosen one who can't stand on her own, the terrorist organization who are actually the good guys because, obviously, the big bad evil government is the real antagonist. Even the characters are highly stereotypical (see Michael Caine as the good and friendly weed enthusiast).

The story, while having interesting ideas, feels too small for what it represents, but too big to be a close and personal ride. The third act is definitely the best part, with all the best scenes of the movie but it's too late after two average acts.

The cinematography is often praised, but, while having some really well shot sequences, is also filled with shaky sequences, making it not nearly as good as some of Lubezki's other work.

Overall it is a fine movie but I do not think it deserves all the praise it gets at all.