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.