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Children of Men [DVD] [2006]

Clive Owen , Julianne Moore , Alfonso Cuarón    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam
  • Directors: Alfonso Cuarón
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJM27M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,425 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 humour 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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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moan, moan, complain, complain 25 Jan 2010
I was failing to see why such a good film had so many negative reviews until, I read them. Honestly; it's like an idiot's forum!

It's miserable, they complain. IT'S DYSTOPIA!! What do you expect? If you don't like harrowing, gritty stories don't watch them.

Irrespective of your opinion on Clive Owen's acting this role suits him well; following personal tragedy (the death of his son, and subsequent loss of his wife) and the world around him going to hell we find a dry, cynical, alcoholic. More than that actually; he's a rationalist and able to keep his head under pressure. In this world he's a survivor, and for us, he's a convincing survivor.

At points there is little dialogue but still great seeping atmosphere; more pause for thought time. God knows what all these reviewers would have people talk about; people in fear of their lives generally don't talk too much and the scattered quiet scenes with no dialogue intensify the feeling of despair.

One reviewer informs us that the film must have been made with a small budget as "The streets look as if rubbish was collected a year ago" and "there is no space left for anymore graffiti". Never mind the truly stunning cinematography (fantastic long single shots). What does this reviewer think post-apocalyptic anarchy will look like exactly? The film looks like London ten years in the future on the brink of collapse; which is what it's aiming for funnily enough.

A note on films from books: I like the PD James book, but I felt that the story of the film was more realistic and had less gaps. The book being an altogether tidier affair, less violent and with weaker characters and no context of how the rest of the world was fairing.
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75 of 85 people found the following review helpful
By Prowler
This film has not been given the recognition it deserves, the scenes and characters contain a gritty realism that keeps you immersed in the story. It is set in the near future and is a mild sci-fi, but if you don't like the genre do not be put off, as the believability in the storyline and characters are really well done and the technology are not alien to today's. At moments in the film you can't second guess how things will play out. I wish more films were shot in the same way this one was, it captures the same feeling of reality as saving private ryan did and it has some brilliant action scenes. If you're British, then you will enjoy this even more as it's made in the UK and therefore, has no cliché and typical script.

As I heard someone say, Clive Owen is the best action hero who never picks up a gun. I am usually a patient cheapskate and wait to buy a film I like as it goes down in price, but this one I'll be buying on day of release. Do not miss out, buy it.
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77 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb futuristic thriller for thinking persons 13 Dec 2006
The movie is superb. I watched it (twice) in a good cinema with good and loud stereo, and it makes a difference. The sound effects are awesome and I guess some impact must be lost on the small screen. It is a mixture of elements of sci-fi, thriller, drama, the road and even war film. It is very well directed, especially when hand held camera is used, and brilliantly shot. It contains some of the most convincing scenes of urban warfare I've ever seen. Acting is good - especially by Owen and Caine. The script, upon closer examination, has more to it than at first meets the eye, I think its meanings could be discussed even at psychology, religion or philosophy seminars. As usual with a very good film, it can be admired for a few reasons.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome example of bleak British sci-fi! 31 Dec 2006
Quite aside from the phenomenal acting and wonderful direction of this film, the storyline is solid and works on so many different levels. Although set in a slightly different time period from the original novel, the plot has been translated perfectly to a near-future which is 100% believable, given the current state of the world... some wonderful real-world ideas are brought 'up-to-date' with the future timeline, and you find yourself chilled by the familiarity of Cuaron's vision.

The action sequences are presented in the 'hyper-real' style of Spielberg's best (such as 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'War of the Worlds') with some inspired cinematography, and there are some moments of horrific action which will have you literally squirming in your seat. You'll not find any superhero protagonists shrugging off bullets here - this is 'one-shot-and-you're-dead' cinema.

I have a strong suspicion that I'll be teaching this film to my media students for years to come. Absolutely breathtaking stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clive Owen is back 4 Jan 2007
Children of Men was one of my highlights at the cinema in 2006. This film has a story, great actors, great musical score and makes a really really good visual impact. It's the kind of film thats always going to be better at the cinema because of all the sound effects but buy this movie anyway...I will. Clive Owen is great, is you've ever seen Sin City you're bound to love him already but once again he's proved his acting talent. This film made me think of Saving Private Ryan - I really felt like I was in the film as bullets speed by in the imigrants camp. You'll also get caught up in the characters emotion and desperation throughout the whole film. And who can forget "Mikey Caine" as a stoner! Awesome!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good film
A good very good film which has been directed well and deals with a controversal subject with sensitivity. The acting was superb.
Published 1 month ago by Nelson Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Depressing, but Important
If you are into post-apocalyptic/ survival/ action type movies then this is definitely worth watching. The movie explores human relations in the event of an infertility pandemic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Master Luke
2.0 out of 5 stars what a mess . . .
If you're going to make a dystopian satire of a movie, you have make very clear the political background, with the associated ideologies and rationalizations, that have brought... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stanley Crowe
3.0 out of 5 stars Never quite becomes the sum of its good parts
Set in a grey and drab London circa the year 2027, Children of Men is a dystopian scifi movie based on a simple but quite compelling hook… what if there were no children any... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phil H
4.0 out of 5 stars A great sci-fi experience
After Alfonso Cuaron's success with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he turned his attention to this sci-fi thriller where the human population is dying down as a result... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gatekeeper197
4.0 out of 5 stars Before Gravity
I had to see it again, after seeing Gravity. I remembered it as a good movie, and I was right. Seeing it again after Gravity made me even more impressed by the way the director... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Vindsland
4.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful film.
Yet another grim depiction of a possible future Britain where infertility has pushed mankind to the brink of checking out completely. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jaketheplumber
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Not a film I have heard talked about much and so from my point of view underrated. Interesting story on what the world would be like if people one day stopped getting pregnant. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. S.
4.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener
We take life for granted, and this movie highlights the exact opposite. Well thought and gruesome with reality. Not for the faint hearted.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. G. Bu Chedid
5.0 out of 5 stars A prescient, tense and intelligent near-future thriller.
This is one of the best films of the last twenty years. Not because of the acting, although Julianne Moore, Clive Owen and Michael Caine all deliver excellent performances. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ben_W
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