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Children of Men (Widescreen) (Bilingual)


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  • Actors: Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Juan Gabriel Yacuzzi
  • Directors: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Writers: Alfonso Cuarón, David Arata, Hawk Ostby, Mark Fergus, P.D. James
  • Producers: Armyan Bernstein
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 27 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N6TX1I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,092 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lila on Dec 30 2007
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 By Erico on April 30 2007
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 By Kilgore on April 7 2007
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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Format: Blu-ray
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. And easily the best film of 2006, without a nomination for Best Picture or Best Director.

A stunningly realistic portrayal of our near future. Perhaps skewed into a negative one, but all the details are exactly as they would be in a situation such as the one suggested in Children of Men. It's like looking in a mirror and seeing a reflection of ourselves 30 years older.

As far as a depiction of science fiction, this is my favorite that's been made, and I'd wager my favorite still for many years. Alfonso Cuaron jumps from "Harry Potter 3 Director" to best of the best with this film. Acting as director as well as one of 5 screenwriters.

It's all the little details that are so good. The non plot-centric details. In a world where the population growth rate goes to 0, the world just goes to hell.

Maybe my favorite detail is the government issued suicide drugs. With TV commercials that perfectly echo today's drug commercials. Scary and funny at the same time.

The work that went into making the background of this film. The newspapers, the news reports on the TV. The insane work that went into the art direction and the costuming of the extras. The way the inside of the car's windshield now has a heads-up display featuring dashboard meters. Theo wearing a London 2012 sweater in a film made in 2006, gotta love that nerdy level of detail.

Just the mood of people in the film, that in 100 years... the planet will be devoid of people is pitch perfect.

Then there's that mad genius Emmanuel Lubezki. The camerawork in this film is my favorite... ever... ever.
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