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Children of Men [DVD] [2006]

3.8 out of 5 stars 308 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: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJM27M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,258 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Futuristic sci-fi drama about a world in which humans have almost completely lost the ability to procreate and the search for any remaining specimen that can. It's the year 2027 and earth's youngest human being, at 18, has just died. Extinction seems a certainty, aided by the fact that wars are now waged continually between desperate nationalistic factions. Set against the backdrop of London, Clive Owen plays Theo, a former activist now bureaucrat informed of the discovery a lone pregnant woman - ostensibly earth's last hope. The challenge is to deliver her from harm to a place where her baby can be delivered safely. Understandably, there is more than one of the warring factions that would benefit from getting their hands on her.

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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 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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The final 20 minutes will leave you in awe, with one long take, in particular, representing how magnificent films can be, and how much they can say in perfect silence.

CHILDREN OF MEN is undoubtedly an accomplished film. Alfonso Cuarón directs, with Emmanuel Lubezki director of photography; and you can tell. The famous Oscar-winning cinematographer has also worked on The Revenant, Birdman, Gravity, and Ali. It is a beautifully shot film with incredible attention to detail which makes the action set pieces much more entertaining.

Clive Owen plays Theo who, enlisted by a group of activists, must help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to safety. Michael Caine plays a pot-smoking, left-leaning hippy who is part of this group. While at times CHILDREN OF MEN comes across as preachy, and will certainly grind your gears if you are right-leaning on the political spectrum, its unique story, deft cinematography, and wondrously imagined & detailed world will satisfy most people.
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I have to say this is amazing movie. It's got everything I could want in a film. It's got action, drama and even a little horror at times. It keeps you on your feet all the way through. In a world where humanity has lost hope it gives a sense of hopefulness. I would say it's a film everyone should see before they die. Don't take my word for it just get and watch!!'
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Great movie becoming more and more realistic in today's world .
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I suspect that if one agrees with what appears to be director Alfonso Cuaron's premise, that humankind's basest instincts for selfishness, fouling its own nest, violence toward each other and the acceptance of authoritarianism when faced with fear can be met by the redemptive power of hope and love, then one will accept Children of Men as a film of emotional power.

For me, Children of Men is a movie in which Cuaron tries to stuff in far too many actions. He seems to aiming for the kind of allegory that can change the way we feel about our lives, but he winds up making many of the compromises that movies force upon some directors as they find themselves with big budgets to work with and the need to sell tickets to justify the investment.

The story, as has been pointed out by others, is one big Macguffin. It's 2027 and civilization has fallen to its knees. The world is nothing but chaos, terrorism, a rotting environment and death. Britain has managed to survive as a nation state by becoming a horrendous dictatorship, needing immigrants for menial work and turning them into outcasts, periodically rounding them up along with the fugees, the refugees from the world's chaos who managed to slip past Britain's barriers. Concentration camps are filling up, laws are enforced with ferocity, there are no civil rights and the government has become the greatest killer of them all. In exchange, the British have order.

And it has been 19 years since a baby was born, anywhere in the world. Humankind has mysteriously become sterile. The point of the movie is that a frightened young woman is discovered to be pregnant. In an instant she becomes the center of the movie...will she be used by rebels to try to undermine the government?
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I would have never expected to give this film 5 stars...until I watched it.
Probably it is because I considered Cuaron a good independent director just adopted bythe mainstream world of US Studios, with good skills but not a particular touch or personal point of view.
Instead, both here and his following masterpiece, Gravity, he proved to be a bold and maverick director, for the scripts he chooses to the waty he turn them into moving-pictures.
Children of men has a fantastic consistency in all his aspects: the amazing and revolutionary long shot and traveling camera movements are not just an astonishing aestethic demonstration of visual and technical force, but also a totally justified and appropriate way to put us into the story and make us live how order can change, suddenly, into chaos, with no solution of continuity. And so Cuaron asked his fantastic director of photography to come up with something creative to let his vision be possible and find a visual solution on the screen. And that is the same reason why actors gave such wonderful performances: because, all in the same shot, they managed to show their internal change during in the scenes, in a totally natural way.
And this increase and show to our eyes all the drama of this distopic reality and the mortal air that surround this world, make us live the change and trauma and feelings of the characters, and put some heart in cold and bleak mood of the film. A very intellectual film, although full of great action: a film where there is no mercy but also an existential and suffered look at human dramas. Due mainly to a great Clive Owen, who expose all the range of his acting skills and personal color. Children of Men is a bold and unique film under many points of view and the amazing result of a great team work.
The Blu ray is truly excellent, both in the hd transfer and audio quality, and in the many interesting extra.
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This is a well made steelbook and attractively finished. The artwork on the covers is clear and the smooth, glossy finish adds to its overall appeal.

The picture quality in this movie is clear and crisp and the sound very good. There are nine categories of extras to enjoy after viewing the film. The movie itself is full of drama, action, tension and high quality acting. Overall, it's very good value for the price paid.
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