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Top Movies of the Decade #35

35. Children of Men

Alfonso Cuaron’s dark sci fi adventure “Children of Men” starts from a simple but terrifying premise:  all the wombs of the world have dried up.   No children have been born for almost twenty years.  It then proceeds to explore that notion with strong filmmaking and a compelling story of hope, courage, and desperation.  Cuaron shows his directing chops with “Children;” the movie is both dark and clear, brutal and poetic.  And it contains one the most memorable scenes of the decade, a lengthy tracking shot that ranks right up there with the Dunkirk scene in “Atonement” for its power and virtuosity.   This is a superbly made film, and a well-told story.

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