8:00 PM, 24th February, 2007
In a near future, 2027, it has been 18 years since the last child was born. London, and the world at large, has slowly been torn apart by right wing governments and violent extremists. Amidst this chaos, Theo (Owen), a disillusioned bureaucrat who had been a peace activist in his younger days, finds himself forced into aiding an old friend (Moore) to smuggle a young woman out of the country to a group of international researchers known as The Human Project. This would be a difficult task in the best of circumstances, but Theos old friend is the leader of a group of radical activists and that young woman is the first pregnant woman in nearly two decades.Children of Men is director Alfonso Cuaron's opus. It is a masterpiece of speculative fiction that examines the consequences of today's political attitudes combined with a radical threat to humanity's continued existence. Even better, it manages this amidst a spectacular action/thriller that is well and truly worthy on those aspects alone. Very few movies work as well as Children of Men on both an intellectual level and a raw action level. The supporting cast is phenomenal, particularly Michael Caine, who turns in one of the best performances of his career (at 73!). Children of Men will be remembered as one of the movies of the decade, not just of 2006.'
10:49 PM, 24th February, 2007
This film is about Chinese legend and hero Huo Yuanjia (Li), the famed fighter who becomes a national hero. A student of martial arts, bent on becoming the very best, he becomes the best through his struggles, not by his achievements. While his pride stands in his way his best friend Nong Jinsun (Dong Yong) shares with him many journeys and understands much more than Huo may believe. But when Huo makes a bold move against a perceived enemy, he pays a price he wasnt willing to pay, and he begins a tale of self-discovery. In his journey he comes across a town whose inhabitants teach him more about his art than he ever thought there was. This movie delves into Huo's life, developing his character more than many other films of this genre. You don't always like him, but at the end you completely understand him and his path's outcome. The final action piece is also one of the most engrossing, moving and well fought I have seen.I loved this film and its wonderful blend of action and introspection. Li is brilliant in his last Wu Shu film and I would highly recommend this film to anyone who has any leanings toward these types of films to see it.'