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->''"Last one to die, please turn out the light."''
-->-- '''Graffiti sprayed on a wall'''

''Children of Men'' is a 2006 {{childless dystopia}}n science fiction film co-written and directed by Creator/AlfonsoCuaron, starring Creator/CliveOwen, Creator/JulianneMoore and Creator/MichaelCaine. It is [[PragmaticAdaptation loosely]] [[TheFilmOfTheBook based on the novel]] ''The Children Of Men'' by P. D. James.

It's 2027, and no child has been born for nearly two decades. It appears that the United Kingdom has one of the only functional governments left in the world, albeit barely, and British society teeters on the verge of collapse due to the problems thrown up by a long economic decline, an overpopulation and refugee ('fujee) crisis, and terrorism.

Theo, a white-collar worker, is distracted from his rut when his estranged wife approaches him for a favor - to help smuggle a refugee girl out of the country... who happens to be ''pregnant''. Theo agrees to protect Kee on a dangerous journey - past rebels, a repressive government, and traitors - to see her to safety.
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!! This movie contains examples of:

* AbandonedPlayground: Kee is sitting on an old swing in an abandoned primary school while waiting for Syd. Considering there are [[ChildlessDystopia no more children]], it makes sense it is abandoned.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The sewer at the refugee camp is wide enough to a steer a row boat across.
* ActionSurvivor:
** Theo spends most of the film running away from people with guns who want to kill him.
** And Marishka who survives the encounter with the Fishes though wearing a [[RedShirt red parka]].
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The descriptions of Theo in the novel do not exactly call to mind a Creator/CliveOwen. Then again, the film is only a very loose adaptation.
* AdaptationDistillation: In order to bring the book to the big screen, several key character roles were switched and streamlined and a LoveTriangle was eliminated in order to focus more on TheChase. It all works in the book, but would have been quite clunky in a 100 min movie. Not only that but Theo's occupation and overall character was switched from an Oxford historian who had to [[BadassBookworm rely on his brain]] to a former activist who had to [[IndyPloy think quickly on his feet]]. It works perfectly in terms of the action-filled movie.
* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: The scene with the mob chasing the car and being covered up by the media seems like a random plot device to provide a reason for [[spoiler: Julian dying]], but the novel actually explains that the youngest generation, called Omegas, go on random sprees of chaos because since they are treated with high regard they view everyone who is not an Omega with disgust.
** However, it is suggested later that the riot in the woods was [[spoiler: not happenstance, but organized by the Fishes to prevent Kee from leaving, that they may use her to their own political ends.]]
* AdDissonance: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VnIrXmdYhY Shiny advertising]] in a CrapsackWorld.
* AdvertOverloadedFuture: The London of 2027 has moving digital billboards on buildings and the sides of buses, as well as flatscreens inside public transport and shops. Mostly they show government propaganda and adverts for various medications.
* TheAlcoholic: Theo, but he still [[HeroicSacrifice uses up the last of his alcohol]] to [[spoiler: sterilize his hands before delivering Kee's baby.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: People are dying left and right as soon as the main plot gets going. The final scene leaves [[spoiler:only one main character and her newborn baby alive, with all other major characters either dead or presumably dead.]]
* ApatheticCitizens: Try a whole society of them. When Theo is kidnapped off the street in broad daylight by masked gunmen, people don't even stop to look.
* ApocalypseAnarchy: Society descends further and further into chaos as people realize that the human race will be extinguished in a matter of decades since reproduction is no longer possible.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 1, on the way to Class 3.
* ArmiesAreEvil: Subverted. [[spoiler: British soldiers massacre civilians at one point, but they are shown to still have humanity when they cease firing upon seeing Kee's baby. The fighting only resumes because some random ''rebel'' interrupts the ceasefire, by opportunistically taking a shot with an RPG.]]
* AsYouKnow: Whenever someone is trying to tell how the world turned into it's current state, Theo shuts them up, each time in more aggressive manner than previously.
* BadassLongcoat: While it is a pretty normal wool, business trench-coat, it's pretty badass how even though Theo undergoes multiple wardrobe changes in the film, for better or for worse, one article of clothing is constant: the coat.
* BilingualBonus:
** At the start of the riot scene, you can hear demonstrators shouting,'Huyo mtu anakuja' repeatedly, which is Swahili for 'That man is coming'. There is also a German RacistGrandma complaining to be locked up together with a black guy.
** The song that Kee sings to her baby is a lullaby from Ghana called 'Kaa fo', which means 'Baby do not cry'.
* BittersweetEnding: The optimistic interpretation.
* BlastOut: After Theo and Kee [[spoiler: bring the baby through a silenced battle]], all it takes is one bullet for the fight to resume as if it had never happened.
** In the movie it's some idiot firing an RPG that hits an APC dangerously close to Kee and Theo. The military retaliates explosively, ''every soldier'' shooting their guns as the tanks start to level the building.
* BlatantLies: After [[spoiler:Julian is shot by masked gunmen, the police claim credit for killing her themselves.]]
** Also after [[spoiler:Jasper is shot, Theo tells them that he's fine.]]
* BondVillainStupidity: Justified. Luke orders Patric to wait with Theo's execution until he and Kee are out of earshot. This opens up the chance for Theo to escape when a warfare starts in the streets right after Luke has left.
* BrokenBird: Theo, due to the death of his and Julian's son from an illness. His state of mind is aptly summarized when Jasper asks him what he did for his birthday:
-->'''Theo:''' Same as every other day. Woke up, felt like shit. Went to work, felt like shit.
* CameraAbuse: Used frequently to add to the gritty visual style. For the last EpicTrackingShot featured in the film the production crew had a perfect take, only to notice that blood had spattered on the lens. The cinematographer convinced the director to [[ThrowItIn use the take anyway]].
* ChairReveal: Subverted. When Theo arrives at his dad's house, he sees Jasper from behind sitting in his chair. The scene is [[BaitAndSwitch set up for us to assume]] that he committed suicide but instead he was just taking a nap.
* ChildlessDystopia: The whole point of the movie.
* CigaretteOfAnxiety: After [[spoiler: Julian]] dies Theo goes to light a cigarette but ends up falling to the ground sobbing.
* CompositeCharacter: In the movie, Theo and Julian's son Dylan died from a disease epidemic, while in the book Julian's character was the one that is pregnant and the one Theo is protecting. In the book, Theo is married and divorced Helen and had a daughter named Natalie who was killed when Theo backed out of the driveway and accidentally ran her over. Both the film and book show this death as the reason for either relationships not working. The movie changed and combined Julian and Helena while creating Kee.
* CoolOldGuy: Jasper.
* CorruptCop: Syd breaks government protocol by allowing the protagonists to enter Bexhill in exchange for a large amount of Jaspers weed.
** Before he is forced into Bexhill, a Homeland Security soldier seizes Theo's watch.
* CrapsackWorld: No babies are being born, dooming humanity to a slow but inevitable extinction. As a result, society has completely broken down, with pretty much the entire world being turned into nuclear wastelands or lawless war zones. Britain, possibly the only remaining pocket of civilization left, is a horribly authoritarian and xenophobic dystopia.
* CreatorCameo: P.D. James, author of the book ''The Children of Men'' plays the old woman in the cafeteria with Theo.
* CrypticBackgroundReference:
** "What about Liverpool?"
** "That thing in Madrid was a real blow for art." "Not to mention people."
** "Were your parents in New York when ''it'' happened?" ''It'' was a nuclear explosion if the quick shots of scenes from a government propaganda film are to be believed.
* CyanidePill: [[GovernmentDrugEnforcement The government issues]] free suicide pills called Quietus.
* DeadGuyJunior: Kee eventually settles on [[spoiler: naming the baby after Theo and Julian's dead son Dylan.]]
* DeadStarWalking: The characters played by both [[spoiler: Julianne Moore]] and [[spoiler: MichaelCaine]] die before the 1 hour mark.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Theo Faron]].
* DeathIsDramatic: [[AvertedTrope Not in this film]]. Fall down and shut up, no {{Final Speech}}es allowed, surviving characters will be busy running for their lives.
** Except for [[DueToTheDead Julian's burial]].
* DefiantToTheEnd: "Pull my finger" was Jasper's way of saying "F U" to authority one last time, as in, "you can kill me but I'll fart at you one last time before I go."
* DeliveryGuy: Theo helps Kee deliver her baby in a rundown building in the middle of a battle-torn refugee camp.
* DeliveryStork: Used as the basis of an in-universe joke.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** The heroes are trying to smuggle a refugee (i.e. illegal immigrant) across the border and out of the country, and this ends up saving civilization as they know it (or so they hope). Cynical pundits didn't miss the opportunity to mock the apparent SpaceWhaleAesop.
** The ads used to sell Quietus (the suicide pills) are deliberately meant to resemble antidepressant ads.
** There's also the political situation in Britain, where the country [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany responds to a national catastrophe by using a persecuted minority group as scapegoats and victimizing them with organized violence — ultimately rounding them up in prison camps]].
** When [[spoiler:Miriam is pulled off the bus]], The Libertines' "Arbeit Macht Frei" can be heard in the background. The song title translates to "Work will make you free", which was written [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII above the entrance to Auschwitz.]]
** As the bus drives away, the "hooded man" from Abu Ghraib prison can be seen in one of the cages, in the exact pose [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/abu_ghraib.jpg from the infamous torture pictures.]]
* DownerEnding: The cynical interpretation.
* TheDragon: Patric is is the Dragon to Luke.
* DreadlockWarrior: Patric sports impressive blond dreadlocks.
* DrivenToSuicide: Not for a particular character, but for society in general. Given that [[WorldHalfEmpty there is no hope for a future because no children have been born in 18 years]], the government rations suicide kits and anti-depressants.
* DueToTheDead: [[spoiler:Julian]] gets a proper burial.
* DyingRace: The human race is doomed to die out, which pushes peoples into depression.
* EmptyShell: Jaspers vegetative wife in her wheelchair.
* TheEndIsNigh: We come across these people in the scene when Theo takes a ride to see his cousin.
* EpicTrackingShot: Alfonso Cuaron, the Director, is very fond of this technique and the film is famous for it. The action-climax is shot in one long shot in is ''over seven and a half minutes long''.
* EvilVersusEvil: The British government, one of the last functioning governments on the planet, has become an oppressive regime, while the Fishes are ruthless terrorists who would [[spoiler:kill their own leader]] if it furthers their goal.
* ExactEavesDropping: Theo is right there to overhear the members of the Fishes disclose the ambush to be an inside job and what they are planning to do to hims and Kee.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: "Pull my finger."
* FallenStatesOfAmerica: Various news media throughout the film shows that the USA has collapsed, with a nuclear bomb going off in NYC, and militias taking control of the cities of Spokane, Cincinatti and Bozeman.
* FalseFlagOperation: The Fishes have committed terrorist bombings in the past, but claim to have stopped after a bombing in Liverpool and accuse the the government of framing them by carrying out false flag bombings since.
* FictionalCounterpart:
** The BCC reports the news in 2027 instead of the BBC.
** Higham Cigarettes, the tobacco brand Theo smokes.
** RUF, an pet clothing equivalent of GAP.
** Niagra, a sexual aphrodisiac seen advertised throughout, whose branding is similar to Viagra.
** One of the Fishes cars is stolen from the Biology Institute of the fictitious Swinton University.
* FinalGirl: Kee is the only one surviving the escort mission.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Lots of the history regarding the state of the world and the characters is given through environmental and background means.
** In the background of the opening shot, The Shard (yet to begin construction in 2006 when the film was made) can be seen next to St Pauls Cathedral.
** Background advertisements reveal that due to the lack of children, companies have started making expensive designer clothes for ''pets'' instead, suggesting many people treat them like surrogate children.
** Various newspaper clippings seen in the Palmer residence shows the reason Janice Palmer (a photojournalist) is catatonic is because she was tortured by the government for questioning the ethics of their actions in her reporting.
*** They also shows the build up to Britain becoming a totalitarian state, including placing mosques under surveillance, converting southern coastal towns into refugee camps, and finally the closing of the Channel Tunnel and declaring all foreigners illegal.
*** Other international incidents, such as the bombing of a Saudi pipeline disrupting the worlds oil supply and a dirty bomb going off in Munich are also shown.
** Old newspapers blocking the windows of the room Theo is held in by the Fishes also reveal expository information about the current state of the world. This includes:
*** Prince Charles ascending to the throne and receiving criticism ('Charles Should Be Throne Out')
*** Russia annihilating Kazakhstan with a nuclear bomb
*** The FA Cup being cancelled due to the international crisis
*** Various American cities becoming overrun by militias
*** 'Test Tube Daisy' (presumably an attempt to grow a fetus/baby outside a human body) dying.
** Theo is seen wearing a well worn London 2012 Olympics hoodie. Despite the movie being filmed in 2006, in the 2027 setting it would be considered an old piece of clothing.
** There is also a water conservation poster in the Ministry of Energy that illustrates Britain didn't escape the AtomicHate: 38% of the water supply is contaminated by radioactive fall out.
** The fighter jets that [[spoiler: carpet bomb Bexhill]] at the end of the movie are F35 Lightening II's, which were only in the prototype design stage at the time of filming.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Theo. Pretty much every scene incorporates some kind of animal in them and they are always friendly to Theo.
* TheFundamentalist: A large group of religious folk wearing yellow capes and holding signs saying 'Repent' are seen gathered in London, blaming humanities sin for the SterilityPlague.
** Averted when Theo runs into a funeral procession of scary, bearded, angry, loud Islamists in Bexhill. They completely ignore him as if he weren't there and he runs right through the midst of them.
* FutureMusic: Jasper's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUq4P-v4BMs Zen music]]. The song, minus the screaming, is actually "omgyjya Switch 7" by Music/AphexTwin.
* FutureSlang: "'Fujee" (pronounced like "Fuji"), as a semi-derogatory shorthand for "refugee."
** [[Music/TheFugees Also possibly]] a ShoutOut.
* GambitRoulette: Julian's death involved a perfect pistol shot, taken from the back of a speeding motorcycle, into a very small car containing not only the pregnant girl who could be the last hope of humanity, but the would-be leader as well. In a realistic film like this it's hard to imagine a plan so dangerous even being considered.
* GenderBlenderName: Julian and Dylan. Kee lampshades this by noting that Dylan is a girl's name too.
* GenderRarityValue: In the film, a fertile female is the sought-after rarity. In the book, it's a lack of fertile men.
* GenericGraffiti: "Last one alive please turn out the light."
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction:
** A British version of 'Homeland Security' oversees law and immigration enforcement.
** The 'Ministry of the Arts' collects and displays classic works of art and monuments rescued from various parts of the now CrapsackWorld.
** The 'Ministry of Energy' regulates fuel and electricity consumption throughout Britain.
* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: A mild form. Numerous advertisements are seen for '[[CyanidePill Quietus]]', which is either available on demand or is actually issued together with each citizen's anti-depressant ration. The instructions assure the would-be user that not only is it quick and painless, but no-one has survived taking it.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: The government and the "Fishes" are equally as radical and dangerous.
* TheGroup: The "Human Project" are a group of scientists dedicated to curing infertility, supposedly based in the Azores. They are secretive to the point of being a myth.
* HellholePrison: Bexhill has been converted into basically a post-modern concentration camp.
* HellIsThatNoise: "You know that high-pitched ringing sound you hear? That eeeeeeeeee? That's the sound of the ear cells dying, like their swan song. Once it's gone you'll never hear that frequency again. Enjoy it while it lasts."
* TheHeroDies: [[DeathByAdaptation As opposed to the novel]].
* HeroesWantRedheads: Julian is played by Julianne Moore.
* HeWentThatWay: Discussed. Jasper intents to pull this trick on the Fishes to throw them off Theo and Kee's tracks. [[spoiler:[[SacrificialLamb Sadly, he doesn't get a chance to execute his plan.]]]]
* HideYourPregnancy: In-universe. Kee hides her belly by wearing loose clothes and carrying object in front of her.
* HighConcept: What would the world be like after 20 years of no children being born? Despite falling under High Concept, that didn't stop the movie receiving showers of praise.
* HippieParents: Michael Caine's character Jasper is an aging Granola Guy, living in the woods ''naturally'' with his wife, growing a [[strike:new]] immensely popular variety of pot that has a strawberry flavor. It is implied that he was left without a choice but to withdraw from society after his wife was tortured by the government (Jasper himself had a career as a famous political cartoonist, which also didn't exactly fly under the new regime).
* HopeBringer: Kee with her baby are this for the entire world, as no one has given birth in nearly 20 years.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:The point of the whole movie. After 18 years of despair that children are no more...]]
** [[spoiler: The sound of children laughing and playing at the end credits.]]
* HumansAreBastards: The bulk of humanity is shown to have become this trope in both the book and movie due to their inability to mentally cope with being unable to prolong human extinction through procreation. This results in many, many examples of horrible and irrational behavior.
* InstantDeathBullet: Averted in two cases. During an attack by [[spoiler:the Fishes]], [[spoiler:Julian]] is shot in the throat and bleeds out. [[spoiler:Theo]] is shot in the stomach by Luke and lasts a few hours before finally dying [[spoiler:in the boat well out of the city]].
* IntrepidReporter: Janice Palmer (Theo's mom) was an award winning photojournalist who bravely questioned the British governments actions towards refugees in her reporting before the events of the film. It resulted in her getting tortured by MI5 an becoming catatonic.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Theo was a daring Merry Prankster and activist before the world's population ceased growing. After the crisis, he is so jaded and tired that he can barely muster a tear for anything.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: Syd looks like a good guy with some rough edges at first, but is later revealed to be a heartless opportunist.
* JitterCam: The film uses handheld cameras extensively, and often in concert with lengthy tracking shots.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: With no babies being born, humanity is doomed, but it will still be some time before everyone dies. The world responds by descending into nationalistic, nihlistic mayhem.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Whenever a character dies, a ringing sound akin to tinnitus is heard.
* TheLoad: Miriam means well, but she's hopelessly out of her depth and has a tendency to lock up and start praying whenever things get intense. That, or completely panic. She does however redeem herself with her [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]].
* MacGuffinEscortMission: The plot follows Theo escorting Kee to a meeting point with the [[SafeZoneHopeSpot Human Project]].
* MeaningfulName:
** Kee ("key" meaning the most important thing, or the thing that opens a previously locked door).
** Theo Faron is Greek for "The God of the Lighthouses".
* MolotovTruck: The heroes are ambushed after a flaming car blocks their path.
* MoodWhiplash: Frequently. Interrupting a light scene with horrible violence and death is a favorite.
* MoralMyopia: Patric's reaction to Theo inadvertently killing the other ''assassin''. Could be because the kid was so young, and young people are held up to a deity status in a society with no future. Also, it was [[ItsPersonal his cousin]].
* MortalWoundReveal: In the final scene, Kee sees blood on the bottom of the boat and assumes it's her own (she'd given birth a short time earlier), but Theo assures her he'd been shot minutes ago and just paid it no mind in the heat of the situation. [[spoiler:[[TheHeroDies He sags soon afterward.]]]]
* MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere: The police officer with his AngryGuardDog shouts this at Theo.
* MsExposition: Miriam drops occasional {{Info Dump}}s for us to fill in the blanks about events leading up to the present situation.
* MundaneMacGuffinPerson: Kee. She's the first woman to get pregnant in almost 20 years. The main characters have to try to keep her (and the baby) alive and out of the wrong hands.
* MyCarHatesMe: Happens when the heroes try to escape the farm. A tense chase then ensues, with the heroes pushing their non-starting car, followed by angry pursuers on foot.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: ZigZagged.
** Averted in that, despite all of the obvious parallels between Britain's authoritarian government and that of Nazi Germany (see DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything above), the film intentionally avoids showing the ruling political figures in any great detail-which means that there's no StrawmanPolitical group to blame for all the chaos. The dystopian setting is made all the more chilling by the fact that the British soldiers are virtually indistinguishable from the British military circa 2006.
** ...But also played straight in that no matter what uniforms they're wearing, they're still rounding up minorities, locking them in ruined cities that have been converted into ghettos, and exterminating them. Not to mention the use of The Libertines' "Arbeit Macht Frei" in conjunction with images of the government executing people. The intended message is also a criticism of present right-wing anti-immigration hysteria, though.
* NukeEm: It is implied both by conversations between Theo and Julian and a government propaganda video that New York was destroyed in a nuclear attack.
** Newspaper clippings in the Palmer residence mention a 'dirty bomb' being detonated in Munich.
** A headline on an old newspaper in the Fishes hideout reveals that Russia nuked and completely obliterated Kazakhstan, and that Africa has also been devastated by nuclear fallout.
* TheOner: Part of the visceral thrill of the film is the way many action scenes are filmed in long, continuous takes that make it seem like the viewer is inside the scene. The three longest shots make up about 1/8th of the film's running time.
** [[AvertedTrope Not all instances of the continuous shots are, though]]-while it required an almost obsessive viewing of the film, a few very minor blips here and there show that some editing of multiple shots was involved.
* OneWomanWail: Can be heard on the soundtrack after [[spoiler:Jasper]] is killed.
%%* PaintingTheMedium: See CameraAbuse
* PietaPlagiarism: A compound example - the film includes a shot of a woman wailing while holding her dying son in her arms, which was a ShoutOut to a similar photograph taken in the Balkans, which was itself an obvious allusion to the ''Piéta''.
* PoliceState: Britain has become a militarized police state as British government forces round up and detain immigrants.
* PostApocalypticDog: Pets, including dogs, are everywhere, showing how humanity has been trying to fill the hole caused by the absence of children in the world.
* PsychoForHire: Patric.
* QuickNip: Theo, constantly.
* RacistGrandma: Courtesy of BilingualBonus. When Theo is on his way to visit Jasper, he walks past a holding cell with some refugees of various races detained within. An elderly German detainee can be seen complaining about being detained alongside some black detainees.
* [[RealIsBrown Real is Grey]]: It's Britain in winter. [[TruthInTelevision What do you expect?]]
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: The anti-government resistance group, the Fishes, quickly turn into this when the more radical Luke hijacks the organization, after assassinating his predecessor.
* SacrificialLamb:
** One of the highest-billed stars [[spoiler:Julianne Moore]] dies 25 minutes into the movie, with maybe 10 minutes of screen time.
** [[spoiler:Creator/MichaelCaine]] follows suit around the 1 hour mark.
* SafeZoneHopeSpot: The final destination for the MacGuffinEscortMission is to bring Kee in contact with a mysterious, non-governmental group called the "Human Project", supposedly based in the Azores. This group is sought to be humanity last hope for curing infertility. We never learn if they manage to live up to that expectation.
* SceneryGorn: The desolate hellscape of Bexhill, a former seaside town turned refugee camp.
* ScreamingBirth: Kee gives us lots of painful screams well before and during the delivery.
* SecretStabWound: Kee sees blood on the bottom of the boat and assumes it's her own (she'd given birth a short time earlier), but Theo assures her he'd been shot minutes ago and just paid it no mind in the heat of the situation. [[spoiler:Theo survives long enough to help Key escape, before succumbing to his wound.]]
* ShoutOut: Two serious ones at the camp at Bexhill.
** When Theo is dining with his cousin Nigel, Pablo Picasso's painting 'Guernica' hangs on the wall behind them.
** There is a pig-shaped balloon floating over the Battersea power station (which has been turned into a museum). It's a reference to the cover of Music/PinkFloyd's 1977 album ''{{Music/Animals}}''.
** Battersea Power station being turned into an art gallery is ''itself'' a shout out to fellow power station Bankside, slightly down river, which is now the Tate Modern (which provided the internal set for the scene where Theo entered the gallery).
** Quietus, the state-sponsored suicide drug, is named for a section of the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy from ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', in which Hamlet speaks favorably of suicide (''But who would bear the whips and scorns of time ... [[DrivenToSuicide when he himself might his quietus make with a bare bodkin?]]").
** Given that the story is about a baby representing a new hope for humanity, there are not surprisingly many references to the story of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph from the [[Literature/TheBible Christian Bible]].
*** Theo (whose name is the Greek root meaning "God") first sees that Kee is pregnant in a barn, among farm animals, a reference to Jesus' birth in a manger.
*** When Theo becomes aware of Kee's pregnancy, he swears "Jesus Christ!"
*** Kee jokes that she is a virgin, a reference to the Christian belief that Mary was a virgin before, during, and after her pregnancy.
*** Kee also admits that she doesn't know who the father is. Since we don't know the identity of the father it can be assigned to "God".
*** Also Theo as surrogate father and protector (i.e. Joseph) and his switch to wearing sandals halfway through.
*** Theo is seen washing or soaking his feet several times during the movie; there are several references to Jesus or saints washing their feet or having them washed in the Christian Bible.
*** The name of the 'Fishes' group is also a Christian reference. In fact, the 'fish' was one of the very first symbols in Christian art. Fish, in Greek, is spelled "IXTHYS" which served as an acronym for "Iesous Xhristos Theou Hyios Soter": I (esous = Jesus) X (ristos = Christ) TH (eou = God's) Y (ios = Son) S (oter = Saviour).
*** Later in the film during the long take there is a lot of religious suggestion in the peoples' reactions to the child. The child literally represents the salvation of all mankind.
* ShutUpGunshot: Syd does this in order to shut up the Gypsy lady when they find Kee with her baby.
%%* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Continually switching both sides of the middle point. - ZCE
%%* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: Most of the setting is on the gritty side. - ZCE
* SmokingIsCool: Used as a form of lazy suicide.
** Interesting fact: Although Theo tries to smoke several times over the course of the film, he is never allowed to finish a cigarette.
* SoundtrackDissonance: After an hour and forty minutes of dark drama, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2wvJUZYQ7o this song]] plays over the credits.
* SpitefulSpit: Kee spits on Luke's face when he seizes her in the wheelchair.
* StealthPun: Theo's last act in the film is to [[spoiler:lead the girl to the buoy]].
* SterilityPlague: This trope forms the basic premise of the movie. Much like a George A. Romero film, it isn't explained ''what'' exactly caused it--even in-universe, one character rhetorically asks, "Why are women infertile?"--leaving the director free to focus on the story instead of padding the film with exposition.
* StiffUpperLip: A dark example: "The World Has Collapsed: Only Britain Soldiers On"
%%* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: In keeping with the film's steadfast aversion of DeathIsDramatic, most deaths meet this description. - ZCE
* SwissCheeseSecurity: The guards at the Fishes refugee house. They let Theo [[ExactEavesDropping overhear the plan about his execution]], let him enter Kee's room unchallenged, don't notice him [[VehicularSabotage sabotage the cars]] and only notice the group escaping when the car is right behind them.
* TechnicalPacifist: Theo bashes a couple of heads in self-defense (with a [[CarFu car]] [[ToyotaTripwire door]] and [[ImprovisedWeapon car battery]], respectively), but not once during the course of the film does he ever pick up a gun from any of the dead guys he passes by.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Syd doesn't know why they want to get inside the camps. Syd doesn't want to know. Syd doesn't care.
* ToyotaTripwire: Happens twice to the same guy. Once using the motorcycle gag (albeit, the car is reversing to accomplish this), and once chasing a car downhill. On foot.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VT2apoX90o trailer]] reveals Kee's pregnancy, which was carefully set up as a WhamShot in the movie.
* ATruceWhileWeGawk: At the climax of the film.
* TrustPassword: "You're a fascist pig."
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Done deliberately subtly.
** Cars, for example, may look ordinary at first glance, but are more unfamiliar upon closer inspection. They are also equipped with hi-tech heads-up displays (e.g. projecting the speedometer or warning notices onto the windscreen).
** London buses carry scrolling holographic adverts on the side, contrasting with the rickshaws now present on London's streets.
** Adverts in the street reveal human organs can now be legally purchased on 'The British Organ Market'.
** Various stalls throughout London (such as that of the 'Digital Evening Standard') use alternating digital screens to advertise.
** Newspaper headlines reporting on 'Test Tube Daisy' dying suggests that [[UterineReplicator]]s have been prototyped, even if they aren't successful.
** Miniaturization and versatility of mobile communication devices and portable computers has also advanced considerably since the 2000s. The juxtaposition of mildly futuristic technology and slowly decaying public infrastructure gives the setting an almost PostCyberPunk feel.
** Some of the in-universe advertising and tech can be glimpsed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VnIrXmdYhY in this featurette]].
* UnlikelyHero: Theo. He begins the movie as an incredibly apathetic bureaucrat, feeling nothing about the world around him. However, throughout the film he is shown to be genuinely kindhearted, which distinguishes him from so many post/pre-apocalyptic story protagonists.
* UnnaturallyBlueLighting: Scenes in the streets of CrapsackWorld London are shown in a blue/greenish light.
* UnsafeHaven:
** The thousands of refugees flocking to Britain come to realise this when they are rounded up and put in concentration camps.
** Theo and company arrive at a refugee house only to discover that the people there are planning to kill Theo and kidnap Kee so that they can use her baby for their own political ends. They manage to escape, and the trope is lampshaded with this exchange.
* UnspecifiedApocalypse: We don't know why mass infertility happened. The director Creator/AlfonsoCuaron even stated that he doesn't like backstories in his movies.
* UrbanSegregation: Although most of 2027 London appears far scruffier and more ramshackle than present-times, there are clearly enclaves within the city where a [[GoodOldWays gentrified lifestyle]] still exists-although these once-public areas are clearly now highly restricted. When Theo travels in a Rolls Royce to visit Nigel at Battersea, he goes through a check-point clearance gate at Admiralty Arch and travels down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. During the journey, it appears as if the area around the Palace, St. James' Park and Green Park is physically unchanged, although it has now become an exclusive gated enclave where people relax in the parks, walk dogs (as well as other more exotic animals) and listen to a brass band play whilst the Household Cavalry process by.
* VikingFuneral: Several corpses are seen being burnt on a bonfire in the Bexhill refugee camp, with various people huddled around them for warmth.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Syd.
-->'''Jasper:''' Make sure you call him a 'fascist pig'.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Fishes. [[spoiler:And especially Luke. They want to eliminate Britain's horrible oppression of refugees. Their solution? Use Kee's newborn baby as a trump card. The Fishes certainly don't object to killing whomever gets in their way-including ''their own leader''.]]
* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: The government issuing [[CyanidePill Quietus]] to its citizens.
* WhamShot: In the barn when Kee reveals her pregnancy to Theo. A powerful moment, that is, [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil if you haven't seen the trailer]].
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Froley if it's a boy, Bazooka if it's a girl. [[spoiler:Though she finally settles on [[GenderBlenderName Dylan]], to honor Theo's dead son.]]
* WorldHalfEmpty: The human race has lost its source of new life. All nations in the world have plunged into mayhem, save for Britain, now under the oppressive heel of an authoritarian state. Refugees are everywhere, and the last hope for humanity may well go into the wrong hands.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The Fishes can be seen as either.
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