Children of Men is a gripping, intense thriller set in the year 2027 where chaos and anarchy reign. When Clive Owen and Julianne Moore make the startling discovery that the fate of humanity unwittingly rests with a mysterious young woman, they embark on a desperate race to save themselves and all of mankind. Packed with intrigue, deception and suspense, Children of Men will lead you through surprising twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat! BONUS FEATURES: Deleted Scenes; The Possibility of Hope (documentary based on the idea of societal collapse); Discussion of themes by philosopher Slavoj Zizek; Under Attack (how the filmmakers created the most dangerous scenes); Theo & Julian (Clive Owen and Julianne Moore talk about their characters); Futuristic Design (see how director Alfonso Cuaron's dynamic vision of the future was brought to life); Visual Effects: Creating the Baby.
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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