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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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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.
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.Read more ›
In the year 2027 there is no hope for a future. A child hasn't been born in 18 years and people have seem to have given up. The man characters is Theo, just a guy living his day to day life until he is located by his ex-wife, the leader of a terrorist group hoping to rebuild sociaty. She tells him that he needs to help a girl get to a group called the human project trying to create a ne and better future. The girl is pregnant with the first baby in 18 years. Theo and others work to help the girl until they reach their almost impossible goal.
I have to say the first time I saw this movie I didn't really like it. It seemed boring and had very short perfromances by Julianne Moore and Chiwetel Ejoifor. But I them saw it again really enjoyed it. All in all Children of Men is a very good movie and worth your time.
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My review is about the bilingual bluray only.
Je tiens à préciser aux canadiens francophone que ce bluray est à fuir comme la peste, il est bon pour la... Read more
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 on July 20 2014 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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