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Children of Men [HD DVD]
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Children Of Men (Hd Dvd/Dvd Combo)
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 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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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.Read more ›
Je tiens à préciser aux canadiens francophone que ce bluray est à fuir comme la peste, il est bon pour la poubelle!! Gardez précieusement votre DVD, car Warner a vraiment fait de la m*** sur ce coup là, au lieu de présenté la version française normal doublé au Québec, ce bluray contient la piste audio française de France... Est c'est une abomination total! Surtout quand on le connaît bien en canadien... Bravo Warner, merci de mettre une version française mal doublé, mal synchronisé et avec des doubleurs de m*** au lieu de nous donner la bonne version canadienne qui je le rappel est disponible en 5.1 sur le DVD us... A n'y rien comprendre... Et évidemment si personne ne dit rien, il ne risque pas de changer!
Oh et je tiens à préciser que je ne suis même pas canadien, je suis Suisse, mais vu la différence de travail entre l'industrie du doublage du Canada et celle de la France, je me procure du coup uniquement des éditions du Canada, donc quand je commande un bluray canadien et que je me retrouve avec une vf dégueulasse de France à la place je suis un peu dégoûté et surtout choqué du non respect des doublages canadiens le la part de Warner.
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.Read more ›
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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Easily one of the 10 or 5 best films made in the last 20 years. Maybe even THE best when you start to stack it up. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. Fabisch
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... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nancy Faraday
Awesome movie! Best of Cuaron. Great Acting, Great picture, Love Clive Owen, One of the most underestimate actor of our generation.Published on Dec 9 2013 by Charles Thompson Leduc
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. Read more
This is an excellent story. Humanity has become sterile, and we haven't achieved clinical immortality. Read morePublished on April 1 2013 by Dan
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 morePublished on July 24 2012 by Lewis-the-Quebecois
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