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Children of Men (Pal/Region 2)


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, PAL, Import
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (663 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014FAILQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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239 of 272 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 6, 2007
Format: DVD
"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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197 of 243 people found the following review helpful By allismile0 on 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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51 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2007
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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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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By zirzird on February 22, 2007
Format: DVD
This is perhaps the most satisfying movie I've seen in fifteen years, maybe longer. Yes, that sounds melodramatic, especially coming from someone who considers himself a lifelong movie buff. But in all sincerity, this is the first film to come along that's capable of challenging Blade Runner's claim to "All-time Best Dystopian Sci-Fi Masterpiece."

But Children of Men is more than bleak scenery and overcrowded squalor. The visual style employed by Alfonso Cuarón and his talented cinematographer (Emmanuel Lubezki) forces you to experience the story in purely visceral terms. You are there. You cannot escape the scenes. Long takes (often extremely long) are used effectively to trap the audience in the middle of the action. The result: some of the most harrowing urban images ever committed to film. In many ways, this movie does for current global conflicts what Apocalypse Now did for the Vietnam War, or Black Hawk Down for Somalia, employing a "you-are-there" style to put the viewer in the hot seat.

And this film isn't even about war, ostensibly, but a single woman's pregnancy! While the plot may follow a rather simple progression at times, the tension is nail-biting, the acting is first rate, and the plot structure rich and imaginative. Children of Men has a lot to offer. If you're like me, it will change the way you watch movies. You will feel like you've been punched in the gut for two hours straight, but the experience is unforgettable. Truly brilliant filmmaking.

This is my first ever Amazon review. Hope it was helpful.
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