Although the year depicted is 2027, Cuarón seems to have jumped the gun - the film's complacency and consumerism, fatality and nihilism, terrorism and nationalism, fits all-too snugly into the (a)moral fiber of 2017. The film's unrelenting anxiety gives it both urgency and, strangely, authenticity. The film's future is Now, and it hurts.
It's been a while since I've been on the edge of my seat, but this movie managed to succeed in doing just that. Staging, lighting, mise-en-scene and camerawork were perfect, as you probably know. But other than that the message of this action-packed thrill ride is just beautiful. In fact it's the only action movie that's ever made me weep like a little girl.