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Children of Men (2006)

Clive Owen , Julianne Moore , Alfonso Cuarón  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Peter Mullan, Pam Ferris
  • Directors: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (597 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N6TX1I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,745 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Children of Men" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • The Possibility of Hope
  • "Children of Men" Comments by Slavoj Zizek
  • Under Attack
  • Theo & Julian
  • Futuristic Design
  • Visual Effects: Creating the Baby

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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 Cuaron's Children of Men "Lifts you to the rafters, transporting you with the greatness of its filmmaking. The action is swift, ferocious and spectacularly choreographed." (The New York Times)

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    228 of 258 people found the following review helpful
    "Children of Men," by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron, was one of the more unusual success stories of 2006. While not a blockbuster, by any standards, this unconventional film was all but abandoned by a studio that didn't know how to market it. Positioned for release during prime Oscar season, this is not a film that was backed as a potential nominee. However, as almost universal critical acceptance came rolling in--a smaller, but loyal, fan base discovered and embraced this movie. "Children of Men" ended up, therefore, with much acclaim and admiration, decent box office, a more widespread distribution, and 3 Academy Award nominations (Screenplay, Editing, and Cinematography).

    In an interesting twist on the apocalypse drama genre, "Children of Men" presents a world that is coming to an end with a whimper as opposed to a bang. For there is no cataclysmic explosion forcing humanity to confront it's own mortality. No, in this case, people have simply lost the ability to reproduce--and the youngest person alive is now approaching adulthood. Of course, over the ensuing years (the film is set in 2027) of this ongoing tragedy, there has been an expected societal breakdown. Now, the streets of London are ravaged by terrorism and extremist groups are battling to overturn the complacent, and possibly complicit, government. While this may seem like a broad and epic canvas, "Children of Men" covers many weighty issues within the relatively straightforward story of its protagonist, Clive Owen. Owen, an ex-activist who is now somewhat disconnected, is drawn back into a world that he wants no part of. The unlikeliest and most reluctant of heroes, Owen confronts his own ideology and apathy when an extremist group introduces him to a pregnant teen.
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    193 of 237 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Movie! October 20, 2006
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    Children of Men just came out today in Spain and it is fantastic.

    The story line is totally original and the acting is superb. Clive Owen is captivating as a man caught between his sorrow from his past and the hope for a new world future.

    The basic premise is set in the year 2027 and 18 years ago women mysteriously stopped being capable of having children. Society has started to crumble because all hope of the future has disappeared.

    Owen's character (Theo), an ex-activist, is pulled into an underground "terrorist" group that has found something that will bring hope to the world; but hidden agendas and distrust are threatening to pull the only hope left apart.

    The cinematography and set designs are top notch, and with a supporting cast that includes Michael Caine and Julianne Moore- it only takes a great story to that next level of excellence.

    Also the soundtrack is really well chosen and they use the music to great effect in some scenes; for example King Crimson's "court of the crimson king" is especially effective.

    Highly recommended.

    January 5th.
    I thought I would add that I just saw the movie for the second time today. The visual poetry and thought provoking ideas have stayed quite strong in my mind since I last saw it in October. The second time around the movie stirred up just as many thoughts and emotions as the first.

    As some of the other reviewers has mentioned this is a very real feeling science fiction.
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    47 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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    While I loved the movie, I strongly suggest you read the book as well. There are differences between the two and, of course, verbal descriptions of characters' thoughts are often hard to reproduce on screen. Almost always, sacrifices must be made in the script - and this film is no exception. However, I DO feel the movie stays true to the INTENT and MESSAGE of the book and it is quite a wonderful film.

    It is futuristic and if you know anything about the author of the book on which this film is based (P.D. James) you'll know this isn't her usual mystery story. But it is one of my favorite works that she has written, telling of a time when people are infertile and of the hope that resides when there is a chance that someone can produce children again.

    The government gets involved and there are political messages and subplots, all set against a certain, dark atmosphere. This film will make you think and I actually find the possibility of a future where infertility is almost the norm not outside the realm of possibility. Even if you don't, the "What ifs?" will keep you interested in this masterful film and Clive Owen proves that he is becoming more interesting an actor as time goes on.
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    16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A truly HAUNTING film!!! January 16, 2007
    Over the lifetime, I often read reviews of films in which the critic proclaims a film to be "haunting." I always chalked that up to hyperbole...until I saw CHILDREN OF MEN. It's been almost three weeks since I saw it...and feelings and moods and images from the film still revisit me from time to time. It's a feeling that's pretty new to me, and I've seen 3000 or more films in my life.

    It's not that the film is perfect...I've certainly seen films that leave me more shaken, more entertained, more impressed or more moved to action. But CHILDREN OF MEN soaked me in an atmosphere and a mood and a world in such a specific, complete manner that some of it's images are almost like sense memory to me now. I think the last time I had a similar feeling was in about 1980 when I first saw David Lynch's THE ELEPHANT MAN, which left me so shaken that I had to go again and again in the same week. I'm planning on seeing CHILDREN OF MEN again soon, and may have to go a third time.

    I don't think I need to rehash the basic plot...others have done that pretty well. One thing I feel I must comment on is the criticism I've seen in a few places that there isn't any plot, or that we don't know what's going on in this futuristic society. To me, that's almost laughable. How many people wanted to know why the earth became the way it did in BLADE RUNNER? Or SILENT RUNNING? We accept the world presented to us. I think part of the power of CHILDREN OF MEN is that it set in a not very distant future, where the world is turned upside-down...and yet it feels possible. The landscapes, cityscapes, technology, clothing, etc. that we see look very familiar. It feels like today, or maybe just next year. And yet we don't recognize the society, the politics, etc.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
    Superb cinematography. Pragmatic plot. Clive Owen as the sandal doning anti-hero makes the movie that much more enjoyable. 5-stars. Nuff said
    Published 1 day ago by Chris
    5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, realistic, and dark
    The tension in this movie rivals "Saving Private Ryan". The action in the end is unbelievable. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by William P Meredith
    2.0 out of 5 stars shallow, 3rd person camera shots
    no edge, watched to the end in hopes of a surprise twist. the best I got from it were suggestions for other movies in the genre.....
    Published 7 days ago by dissappointed
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very well-done film, but maybe I missed the point?
    This is a beautifully filmed, well-acted movie. The plot is exciting and suspenseful. It's easy to believe that in a world where societies have crumbled and no child has been born... Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Dani D.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Children of Men
    I choose this rating because I think it was a very tense plot. Not one of those plots you can get lost in. The acting was believable. Read more
    Published 19 days ago by P. Upchurch
    5.0 out of 5 stars Under appreciated gem!
    This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Unfortunately, not many people have seen it. When you explain all the hard work that went into making this movie and the amazing... Read more
    Published 19 days ago by Sebastian Fitzpatrick
    5.0 out of 5 stars Should be considered an all time great but under appreciated movie.
    This is pretty much a perfect film. The direction that Alfonso Cuaron provides is stellar. The camera work, the way the action is impeccably executed & well conceived (the car... Read more
    Published 19 days ago by peter s. kang
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is a movie I have watched more than once, even though it...
    This is a movie that plays out mankind's worst fears of what will happen to the world eventually--a decline into global terrorism, anarchy, and rule by military and police in which... Read more
    Published 29 days ago by Bonnie G. Roberts
    4.0 out of 5 stars Intensely original
    Sci-fi films sometimes put too much emphasis on visual effects and not enough on storytelling. Children of Men keeps humanity at its core and tells a very human story. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by J. Rosbrugh
    2.0 out of 5 stars the movie was ok
    i guess i expected more from it... i love sci fi.. the movie had its great moments.. i just felt that it was a bit slow for me.. that is all..
    Published 1 month ago by Wilson R
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