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No children. No future. No hope. In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, disillusioned Theo (Clive Owen) becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover (Julianne Moore) to escort a young pregnant woman out of the country as quickly as possible. In a thrilling race against time, Theo will risk everything to deliver the miracle the whole world has been waiting for. Co-starring Michael Caine, filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men is the powerful film Pete Hammond of Maxim calls “magnificent … a unique and totally original vision.”
Presenting a bleak, harrowing, and yet ultimately hopeful vision of humankind's not-too-distant future, Children of Men is a riveting cautionary tale of potential things to come. Set in the crisis-ravaged future of 2027, and based on the atypical 1993 novel by British mystery writer P.D. James, the anxiety-inducing, action-packed story is set in a dystopian England where humanity has become infertile (the last baby was born in 2009), immigration is a crime, refugees (or "fugees") are caged like animals, and the world has been torn apart by nuclear fallout, rampant terrorism, and political rebellion. In this seemingly hopeless landscape of hardscrabble survival, a jaded bureaucrat named Theo (Clive Owen) is drawn into a desperate struggle to deliver Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey), the world's only pregnant woman, to a secret group called the Human Project that hopes to discover a cure for global infertility. As they carefully navigate between the battling forces of military police and a pro-immigration insurgency, Theo, Kee, and their secretive allies endure a death-defying ordeal of urban warfare, and director Alfonso Cuaron (with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki) capture the action with you-are-there intensity. There's just enough humor to balance the film's darker content (much of it coming from Michael Caine, as Theo's aging hippie cohort), and although Children of Men glosses over many of the specifics about its sociopolitical worst-case scenario (which includes Julianne Moore in a brief but pivotal role), it's still an immensely satisfying, pulse-pounding vision of a future that represents a frightening extrapolation of early 21st-century history. --Jeff Shannon
Very good. Interesting story line and had me intrigued right to the end.Published 12 hours ago by Mark G.
Entertaining.... but shallow ending. I expected more from a movie headlining these actors. My socks weren't knocked off. They depended too much on gore and guts than story line. Read morePublished 1 day ago by shannon christensen
Movie was predictable. I had heard good reviews and tried it but disappointed in the end.
The acting was good but again it was fairly predictable.
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I noticed that prices for new blurays are higher now for 1 disc versions than they were before the holidays for multiple disc versions. They stopped forcing you to buy blurays with digital copies and dvd copies included, but they are not lowering prices. If they are offering single disc versions,... Read More
Jan 9, 2010 by Wil | See all 3 posts
|Anyone know what supplementary material is on this?||
From my review:
First up we get three deleted scenes that run around 2 minutes. While none of them are essential at least two amplify the desperate situation that Theo finds himself in; one features Theo's apartment manager showing up at his door for four months past due rent while another... Read More
Mar 19, 2007 by Wayne Klein | See all 5 posts
|Why do they keep bringing out Combo HD DVD/Standard DVDs?||
Well, actually the combo HDDVD/DVD discs are nice for those of us who want to be able to watch the movies on multiple TVs, but only have one HDDVD drive. I use the HDDVD side on my HD Projector and if I want to watch a movie later, say in my bedroom on my normal DVD player, I can. But yes, I... Read More
May 23, 2007 by Mike in CO | See all 7 posts
|playback issue with HDDVD on most HDDVD players||
Anyone know if the issue has resolved? The HD-DVD was unavailable on Amazon for quite some time and has just been recently made available again. Maybe they fixed the bad discs?
May 3, 2007 by W. Yang | See all 5 posts
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