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Children of Men BD [Blu-ray]

Julianne Moore , Clive Owen , Alfonso Cuarón    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful Dec 30 2007
By Lila
Format:DVD
I just saw this movie and it left a very strong impression on me. I was really shaken by its totally realistic portrayal of a fascist society, it was so believable it was even very painful to watch certain scenes -- like the shootings during the uprising in the camp, filmed very closely like a war reporter and not in a hollywoodian "aesthetic" fashion. I really identified with the characters and shed some tears several times.
I would like to compare this movie to another of my favourites : V for Vendetta -- Clearly, I found C of M more disturbing because far more realsitic than V, and thus more likely to awaken people to certain realities, whereas V's atmosphere of "superhero / spectacular movie" makes it less believable, less likely to awaken people, and yes, in a way it kind of misses its target. (Don't get me wrong, I LOVE V, but I don't think it has a potential for awakening people who are still totally unaware of the Terror of the situation : it's too far from being realistic in the way the theme is treated.)
What I also want to point out is the non "black or white" aspect of C of M, which shows the ponerization/corruption of governement AND resistance, thus revealing there is actually no resistance in the sense of "organised political/activist movement" (or if there is, they get killed : ie Julian's murder and Theo's death at the end).
FWIW, when I saw the Matrix in 1999, I didn't get it at all (I even fell asleep during the movie, which is quite ironic:)). Had I seen V at the same period, I would not have got it either. I consider myself as an average person, and as an average person, films like C of M impress me more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beatifully Bleak Picture of the Future April 30 2007
By Erico
Format:DVD
I was pumped for this movie. It looked so amazing and so original from the previews. And I'm glad to say that the previews did not mislead me on this one. It was amazing and even more original than I thought.

The only flaw I found with this movie was it's plot. It starts off strong, set in a world where the fertility rate has been at zero for two decades (for only God knows what reason). Living during this period is a cynic by the name of Theo (Clive Owen) who is suddenly drawn into a world of intrigue and danger when he is kidnapped by a revolutionary group. However after that the storyline weakens a little bit. There are too many coincidences and the structure becomes a wee bit to repetitive (safe house to safe house...when you watch the movie you'll know what I mean). (See the review below for more plot problems).

What I found most disappointing however was the lack of character development. It was there of course and the acting was very good (Michael Cain and that girl from Freedom Land especially) but I wanted to see more. If only the director made the movie a half hour longer and elaborated on the characters I would have given this movie five stars.

Other than that though the movie is perfect. Perfect soundtrack. Perfect cinematography. Perfect adaption (from the book of the same name).

But most of all a perfect setting for the story to take place. The director portrays this not so far into the future world so powerfully you get caught up in it. It takes place in the year 2027 and with the loss of fertility the human race has completely lost hope. And when I mean completely I mean COMPLETELY. The rest of the world has more or less collapsed while England (now a police state) is still standing but just barely. Bombs are exploding everywhere.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Movie April 7 2007
By Kilgore
Format:DVD
Not only is this a great story with incredible suspense it is told in a very mature and realistic manner with a very human and reluctant hero played by Clive Owen who will some day be an Oscar winner (you can check out the movie to get the plot).

Full marks and then some to the director as this show keeps you on the edge of your seat from the start without going over the top and what is even better he "pulls no punches" as more mainstream hollywood movies do. He has also produced some of the most realistic battle scenes I have ever seen, you feel like you are there. One of the bset movies I have seen in a long time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than 3 stars, not quite a 4 July 20 2014
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I would like to give 3.5 stars because the movie is definitely worth seeing. Cuaron's repurposing of James' novel is intriguing, and the DVD includes an interview with Slovoj Zizek that opens up some interesting perspectives. Clive Owen plays the role of Theo Faron with exactly the right tone of reserved skepticism. The atmosphere is nicely gritty and grimy, and the inhumane treatment of immigrants that forms the political background for the film provides a strong thematic focus. The ambiguous ending rounds out the mythic content. I found Michael Caine's aging, slightly crazed hippy character to be off-putting, but others may find him interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the story written by PD James! April 28 2013
By Kate
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Screenplay drastically different than the book. At best its a close cousin to the novel by P.D. James.
However, it made for a very interesting movie. Micheal Caine's role is particularly entertaining.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Jenny J.J.I. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I wouldn't say this is the best movie I've ever seen, but its close. The enthusiasm of many of the reviews of this picture is entirely justified. Though it is unlikely to make anyone feel 'good', it will offer a thought provoking and chillingly plausible vision of a world sliding into despair. The pseudo-documentary camera work is slightly jarring at times, but lends further weight to the film's sense of being grounded in a realist tradition.

The most outstanding thing in this film is the utter realism it achieves through extended shots that seem to run forever, but never lose excitement. I don't have to tell anyone the two most amazing shots in the film that use this. If you've seen it, you know. If you haven't, you will. The tale of post-apocalyptic London and the dismal future of the world is nothing new. But the depiction of the "near-future" in "Children of Men" is so subtle and organic; it comes across surrealistically.... real. It allows the viewer to look past the time and focus on the story. (We've all seen enough films that show us the bright and shiny, flashy as Epcot Center, future) It's nice to see this done so well while still being interesting and unsullied. Another thing I loved about this film was that it didn't try to explain what happened like often happens in sci-fi movies, this is very plot driven, they just show you the landscape and tell you the situation and move on. I also liked that on the extremes of either side of the political landscape in this movie they where more or less the same, just on side had power and the other none. I thought that was very true about most of life, with the people in the middle just kind of caught up in it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks!
Awesome movie! Best of Cuaron. Great Acting, Great picture, Love Clive Owen, One of the most underestimate actor of our generation.
Published 9 months ago by Charles Thompson Leduc
4.0 out of 5 stars End of the world
This is an excellent story. Humanity has become sterile, and we haven't achieved clinical immortality. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality stock
All the titles i get in blu ray are good blu ray and this one is good.... This title on blu-ray.com has a good overall and it worth your penny... Read more
Published on July 24 2012 by Lewis-the-Quebecois
4.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing view of one potential future
Children of Men (sci-fi, drama)
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Universal Studios | 2006 | 110 min |... Read more
Published on July 5 2011 by Steven Aldersley
4.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Masterpiece
Excellent film, Made even better by this high quality blu-ray picture. If you can get past the story, characters and atmosphere, watch it for the long unbroken (continous shot)... Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2009 by Joel Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazingly bleak, yet hopeful look into a possible future of...
A film that makes you feel like you're there and wish you weren't at the same time, this film does an amazing job of capturing the best an worst that humanity has to offer. Read more
Published on July 24 2009 by Nigel Laut
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I have no idea who gave this film an 4/5 it is terrible. I kept wondering if I missed Part 1 that would at least set everything up. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2008 by David Barclay
4.0 out of 5 stars A BLEAK BUT BRILLIANT LOOK AT OUR POTENTIAL FUTURE
Children of Men is more than a movie. It also is a warning of what our future could be.
THE PLOT:
In the year 2027 there is no hope for a future. Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2007 by G_R_E_G
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