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Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 05/26/2009 Run time: 110 minutes Rating: R

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

Customer Reviews:

  • If it's free and you're bored, watch it...
    Clive was awesome in Closer (as was Portman) and he was pretty good in Children of Men. This one is a sci-fil dystopic film about a world in the near future where women no longer get pregnant (for not apparent reason since they never tell us.) Owen plays a corporate slug who, it seems, was once a political activist married to Julianne Moore, who disappointingly dies before she can get around to acting. Because Moore trusts him (even though he left her and dissolved their marriage), he is given the task of taking a (surprisingly) pregnant Fujiian woman to the coast where some Green Peacelike, humanitarian group will whisk her and the child away towards some procreative future. After a few bad Mother Mary jokes and what can only be seen as a paycheck role for Michael Caine, several almost unbelievable characters help Owen get the woman to the coast before he dies sitting in a boat as the Green Peace people pull up beside the small dinghy with the dead Owen, the Fujiian and her new baby daughter (supposedly the new Eve, if you're one to read positivity into a bleak situation.) Then the camera cuts to the title in an artsy-fartsy font to remind you of the name of the half-baked, over reviewed film you've just chucked $7 bucks for....more info
  • A Horrifying Vision Of How The World Could End
    Alfonso Cuar¨®n's "Children of Men" is a horrifying vision of how the world could end if no more children were born. Extremely provocative, this film made me realize how important children are to our future. Without them, the world becomes psychologically insane before dying a physical death.

    Mother Nature has imposed her own form of birth control on mankind. At first, a few women began miscarrying, then hundreds more until it became a world-wide epidemic. It is now the year 2027 and a child has not been born in eighteen years; despair and grief has led the world to the brink of total destruction. Every country, except Britain, seems to have collapsed. The British government has launched a campaign to rid the country of all illegal immigrants known as Fugees. One of these Fugees is a pregnant girl, Joy. Theo Faron (Clive Owen of "Derailed") struggles to help her get safely to a boat owned by Operation Humanity. Unfortunately, a terrorist group, the Fishes, wants to use Joy's baby as a pawn for its diabolical plans against the British government.

    "Children of Men" is highly recommended for fans of apocalyptic, end-of-the-world horror. Extremely tense and war-like in its graphic depiction of street violence, this film is highly emotional. Not easily forgotten, it will leave you asking, "Could this really happen?" One touching scene that made me cry was when Joy's baby was being carried out of a destroyed building. The tenants stood spellbound, gaping and murmuring, "A baby. A baby," as they remembered a world that was long gone. A political statement as well as a disaster film, "Children of Men" should be added to your science fiction/horror/adventure collection.
    ...more info
  • The most violent yet impacting pro-life I've seen yet
    Now, did I just proclaim this movie to be pro-life? Uh... yeah, despite its intense and prolonged sequences of futuristic war (which, in their own right, if they were the only things in the movie, would make it totally enjoyable), it's got a very beautiful pro-life message with how one man will go so far as to even sacrifice himself to make sure the last baby to be born in almost 2 decades to be brought to safety. Not too many "dads" would say they'd do that these days. So "kudos" to Clive Owen's character for that selfless act.

    The other thing completing the 5-star rating in my mind is how the movie's structured- it's rare to see any shot lasting less than 5 minutes, so it's pretty good for people with ADD who won't to have better attention span (I think a couple shots were at least 10 minutes, I could be wrong)....more info
  • Do you hate "action" movies ?
    I will go out of my way to avoid "action" movies,I just think they're mostly boring, and I don't buy them for myself.
    So you know what I mean when I say that this film joins a very slender category in my DVD collection.
    Yes, it's an action movie but don't hold that against it.
    It's an absolute marvel of images of western civilization ( Don't tell that to the "action" movie junkies, just let them enjoy it. ) and if you think you just saw a reference to paintings of the the adoration of the Christ child you're right.
    I won't give away any more of what's going on but my respect for Alfonso Cuaron went sky high with this movie.

    ...more info
  • The second best way to expel a ping-pong ball
    This movie is extremely successful in some respects but fails in others. As a near-future thriller this is one of the best films I've seen in years. The acting is excellent throughout, the production design top-notch, and the filming style is extremely effective, especially when dealing with the very visceral set pieces. The viewer is truly thrown into the thick of the action by the use of close-up handheld camerawork and very realistic pyrotechnics. The immediacy of the fighting in the penultimate scene is quite astonishing. Sadly it's the huge holes in the logic of the film that give it a hollow ring. The basic premiss; an entirely infertile population, is fine in itself, but it's actually the barbaric, and completely unexplained, treatment of foreign refugees that is the real driving force behind the story. Unfortunately we are treated to several clunky explanations for the infertility but never do we learn why, when the population is rapidly dwindling, and all the resources previously used for education have been freed-up for other use, we should have such feelings of animosity to everyone not born within the UK. Given that the film is meant to be a serious analysis of these themes it's a shame we're left so in the dark. Nevertheless this is a piece of intelligent and entertaining cinema....more info
  • Realistic dystopian vision, but lacks focus
    At first, this film seemed to be a sci-fi film noire in the mold of Blade Runner. It portrays a dystopian society in which women lack fertility. Indeed, unlike a lot of sci-fi films nowadays, "Children of Men" does not shy away from making dystopia realistic and grisly. Key characters are killed suddenly, the color palate is mainly grey, and all of the key characters have traits that make them less than admirable. In one chilling scene, an important character is last shown being taken away by troops with a hood over her head, which is the last we see of her.

    The film could have really been a sci-fi hit had it not been so pointless. It lacks focus and the plot never really grabs the viewer's interest. A lot of important relationships and plot twists are left unexplained. We never learn why women become infertile or why immigrants are treated so badly, except perhaps that this is a dystopia. Unlike Blade Runner, the movie had no insightful moment or moral revelation. Rather than provoking thought, the film's end seems too hollywood for the genre.

    I like the style of dystopia, the basic idea by P.D. James, and the cinematography, but the plot (which should be the heart of the film) is just not strong enough. I found myself bored during the film and frankly not caring about the characters or the outcome. I would give the director another shot at a sci-fi dystopia, but with a tighter story-line....more info
  • Adaptation of P. D. James' Classic is Bereft of Heart., 2 Sep 2007
    Plot:

    Britain in 2027 is under totalitarian government with a regime under control of the militia. The world is on the brink of collapse because no children have been born for 18 years. Theo (Owen) agrees to escort a refugee to safety, but soon finds his life is in danger from both government and revolutionaries...

    My Review:

    "The future's a thing of the past." This the main tag-line given to a film that endeavours and doesn't quite succeed in depicting P. D. James' interpretation of the future where Mankind is dying and facing complete extinction. This film makes the point astoundingly that the idea of it being the future, may seem far more backward then we have come to expect.

    What this piece does is recall the dustily depicted utopia that has become downfallen. Children Of Men takes the action movie conventions and twists them so much that its hard to recognise, it recalls the sporadic virtues of a satire, as the bemused main character Theo (Clive Owen) begins his adventure, conflicting and smashing from odd encounters to the next.

    Amid the brilliantly executed explosions true filmmaking is exposed in one superlative tracking shot that covers a mini-siege in Bexhill.This may be the only good part of the film.

    Dir. Cuar¨®n has done something not incredible, but satisfactory. Cuar¨®n's film is provocative, flowing with rich ideas and invention but never too conceited to stop and crack jokes.

    Verdict:

    Amazing and visually stunning in its own satire, however, not welcoming to the stunning work of P.D James. 7.5/10. Barren plot, with intense action....more info
  • Children of Men - Blu-ray Info
    Version: U.S.A / Universal / Region Free
    Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
    VC-1 BD-50 / AACS / Advanced Profile 3
    Running time: 1:49:14
    Movie size: 30,543,541,440 bytes
    Disc size: 34,288,519,429 bytes
    Total bit rate: 37.28 Mbps
    Average video bit rate: 25.90 Mbps

    DTS-HD Master Audio English 3611 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3611 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
    DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
    DTS Audio German 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
    DTS Audio Italian 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
    DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
    DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
    DTS Express English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / 24-bit
    DTS Express English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / 24-bit

    Subtitles: English (SDH), English, Chinese, Dutch, French, French (Text), German, German (Text), Greek, Italian, Italian (Text), Korean, Portuguese, Spanish (Castilian), Spanish (Castilian Text), Spanish (Latin American), Spanish (Latin American Text)
    Number of chapters: 17

    Special features are presented in Standard Definition.

    #Deleted Scenes (2m:21s)
    #Featurette: The Possibility of Hope (27m:14s)
    #Children of Men - comments by Slavoj Zizek (5m:44s)
    #Under Attack (7m:35s)
    #Theo and Julian (4m:39s)
    #Futuristic Design (8m:37s)
    #Visual Effects: Creating the Baby (3m:06s)
    #U-Control - PIP...more info
  • Boring, very boring.
    My friends and I actually had trouble staying awake while watching this movie. Many things were thrown at you in this movie, but little was ever explained. Cast was annoying and I couldn't have cared less if they survived or not. The usual story of a group of people trying to escape, finding a safe house, safe house gets raided, people escape to another place, and eventually finding freedom. z z zzz Again extremely boring the way it all played out in this movie....more info
  • TERRIBLE - Can't understand all these great reviews!
    I don't want to give away the story or anything for those who will watch this, but the movie is boring... Nothing happens, and nothing gets resolved in the end. Seriously one of the worst movies I've seen in a while. :(...more info
  • Great British apocalyptic drama
    This is a great movie with tons of future shock moments and incredibly believable settings and acting. I especially like the fact that it's an apocalyptic film taking place in Britain; it's the first one I'm aware of. This makes for some awesome moments like the "The world has collapsed...Only Britain soldiers on" video bit. If you're up for a big movie night or weekend, I suggest a "Future/Alternate Britain" theme with the following movies: Children of Men, Brazil an...(read more)d Love Actually (probably the best movie about England ever made). If you want you can substitute the less depressing 12 Monkeys for Brazil -- although 12 Monkeys mostly takes place in the U.S., the theme is very similar to Children of Men. Or hell ,just watch all four, a double shot of Terry Gilliam never did anyone any harm!...more info
  • better than the book, at least.
    Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron, 2006)

    I have to say up front that I was not a big fan of the book upon which this movie is based. Thus, I approached the film with a bit of trepidation; sometimes mediocre books make for great films, but more often than not, they don't. The good news is that Children of Men is better than the novel upon which it is based; the bad news is that it's probably not as good as it could have been.

    Cuaron (who holds three Academy Award nominations, two of them for writing, none for directing) here gives us the story of Theo Faron (Clive Owen), a minor government functionary whose ex, Julian (Julianne Moore), is involved with a resistance group in a near-future London where women have lost the ability to bear children. (As the movie opens, the youngest person on the planet, at eighteen years and change, is killed in South America.) Julian contacts Theo and asks if he can pull some strings to get a young black refugee out of Britain and into the arms of the Human Project, a much wider-ranging revolutionary group based outside the country. (Britain has become a racists' paradise; even black citizens, it is inferred, are suffering the persecution that the "'fugees" suffer openly.) Theo goes about it halfheartedly until he finds out the reason this particular girl is so important: she's the first woman in more than eighteen years to become pregnant.

    Owen and Moore both tend to be hit-or-miss actors, but they perform capably here. It helps that they're backed up by a fantastic stable of actors; Michael Caine is excellent as always, and the wonderful Peter Mullan, in a small role, absolutely steals the show. Cuaron turns an emotionless, overly talky book into a credible thriller. It's still a bit on the talky side, but is definitely faster-moving than the book. Worth a rental. ***...more info
  • Where have we seen this before???
    First, I think people need to refine their review tactics. Many people freely give movies 4 or 5 stars. That should not be. 4 or 5 star movies should only be movies of superb quality. Rotten Tomatoes awards this movie with a 94%. The end result, for me, was a very disappointing and misleading review.

    This movie is not the worst movie in the world but for the sole reason of it being dull and boring, it deserves 1 or 2 stars. I thought the acting in the movie was horrible. There were hardly any emotions in the movie. One guy, Jasper, gets shot 3 times before he dies. Each time he gets shot he says "pull my finger." Most people would be in pain, but that is just me. Additionally, the movie itself was just dragged out. It does not help that hardly anything was explained. A town world full of terrorism and infertility? Well how did this occur and why?

    I was also disappointed, as some indicated, that this plot was very straight forward and did not go into the direction many "1 star reviewers" wanted it to go. In fact, this movie was almost a rip off of Escape from New York. Escape from New York reserved Manhattan for prisoners. In return, a lot of chaos and destruction occurred there. The story then focuses on the president being held hostage by prisoners and will only release him if all of the prisoners are pardonend. In other words they are trying to get out.

    Children of Men starts off with a corrupted city. Perhaps they did not want to talk about it in depth because it would become reminiscent to Escape from New York. However, it is similar in that a lady has a baby, something no other woman can have. Likewise, a particular group is aware of this and wants to steal the baby for politcal gain. The same concept that they, too, want to escape the hell hole.

    Finally, at the end of the movie all of the terrorism briefly stops as the woman with her child walks through the town. A good ending? I think it is contradicting. Everyone would potentially want that baby so they, too, could better their lives. I doubt they would stare in amazement. Also their is a point where Clive Owen and several other invididuals are wanted for killing officers. At one point they are being transported on a bus. The police sees all of them but does nothing. However, later one, a landlord recognizes them and attempts to turn them in. How could the police totally miss them? A major flaw. Especially with the updated technology they have in the movie.

    I would recommend Escape from New York instead. Just imagine the president being a woman with a baby, and you have seen this movie....more info
  • This movie is GREAT!
    If you haven't seen this yet you should buy it now because you won't be dissapointed.
    I was determined to hate this flim based on the fact that babies are no longer being conceived or birthed and the title of the film is "children of Men." Hello? Did they not get the memo? WOMEN are the people who have babies.
    So I boycotted it in theaters and then rented it becasue I was wanted to tear it apart.
    Whoops! This movie blew me away! Great acting, very believable characters, cool cinematography and a nice mix of politics, love and dispair. Very good film, now one of my favorites!
    Remember to check out the xtras and watch the special effects segment, way cool....more info
  • My heart just bled completely dry.
    'Children of Men' has to be one of the most over-rated films I've seen in recent times. It's not so much a bad film as it is bleak and poorly-executed. There are so few likable characters that I found myself not really caring if the human race survived or not. The grim tone is a bit overwhelming. I realize that that's part of the point, but it almost makes for an unwatchable film.

    As far as politics go, I'm about as "liberal" as they come, but this film is so politically-tilted to the left that it made me groan just a little. If lamenting the evils of modern life is your thing, then you'll like this film. If you're searching for something more than romantic frippery, then search elsewhere.

    If you're an arty and self-proclaimed/self-absorbed "humanist", then you will looooove 'Children of Men'. If you're looking for something to really stimulate your mind and your senses, this film might leave you feeling starved for substance.

    Two stars, for pretty cinematography and a couple of gripping action sequences. I'd give 'Terminator 2' the same rating for the same reasons. ...more info
  • Really slow and dreary
    This film had been highly recommended. I found it slow, depressing and the "stunning visuals" not worth watching. The story line was neither original or interesting. I've watched it twice hoping to find something worth praising, but found nothing. If you're into really depressing films hyped as "realistic" this is for you....more info
  • Unlike any movie you've ever seen
    Though different from James' original vision, Cuaron's film is well built both in style and in storytelling. Simply put, this guy really knows how to direct a movie. ...more info
  • Okay
    It got good reviews, but to me it was not all it was made out to be. Interesting movie to watch though....more info
  • Men, don't watch when you've been away from your children!
    Unless you want to end up a blubbering idiot.


    Needing DVDs for a passage, I bought this DVD on an impulse, remembering I had heard "good things" about it. I knew nothing about the plot, camera work, or startlingly realistic birth scene.

    Unwarned, and nestled in the V-bearth I put the DVD in my computer and got slammed full-force by a first-rate distopic sci-fi thriller. I didn't even notice the long takes until the refugee camp scene, and I'm a filmmaker. When I miss something like that, that means I was *really* caught up in the movie....more info
  • Children of Men is a 5 Star Film, Especially in HD!
    I was really impressed with this movie. Great story, great scripting, excellent execution, and terrific editing. This is a 5 star film that anyone will love. The score is amazing too. My only complaint is that if you're expecting to see Julianne Moore play a big role in the movie, she doesn't.

    Love it. Buy it if you haven't....more info
  • One of the great films in recent years. A must on Blu-ray!
    I'll say right up front that this is not the kind of film that will appeal to everyone. Many people apparently found it "boring," though I was deeply moved and found it gripping throughout. The film's setpieces, especially the ambush in the forest and the street battle in the refugee camp, are amazing pieces of cinema that people will be talking about for years to come. They're not just virtuoso displays--they really pack emotional punch. The performances were uniformly excellent, but I was especially impressed by the production design and cinematography. Emmanuel Lubezki's camerwork is his best to date and really the best I have seen in years, with its subtle gradations of light and astounding long takes. There is no one more talented than him today.

    I can't imagine watching this film on cable, or frankly even on DVD, because so much of its impact derives from its immersive, tactile quality. I saw it twice in the theaters, and will only watch it again on Blu-ray. It will never appeal to everyone, but I believe that in time it will be recognized as a modern classic. ...more info
  • Beware the two-disc special edition
    "Children of Men" was film of the year for me. It was clever, thought-provoking, action-packed and brilliantly acted by seasoned performers. Particularly amazing were the two chase scenes that were filmed in one continuous shot. So you would think that if the filmmakers went to the trouble of releasing a two-disc edition of the film, they would explain how those two key sequences were filmed. Wrong.

    Instead, much of the space that could have been devoted to this was wasted on the verbal meanderings of ... Slavoj Zizek, an over-earnest "cultural theorist" who had nothing whatever to do with the making of the film. Zizek is one those fashionably oblique academics given to making sweepingly counter-intuitive statements in broken English. My favourite is his definition of a good film:

    "It simply make reality the more what it already is".

    On and on he drones, chicly quoting Hegel while explaining that "the film gives the best diagnosis of ideological despair of late capitalism" or that the movie instantiates "the paradox of what I would call anamorphosis" (as opposed to "what I would call the paradox of anamorphosis"). At one point he refers to Michelangelo's "David" as "a statue of Michelangelo or whatever". But what else should we expect from the man who recently appeared on "Democracy Now" to declare that "let's everybody in the world, except US citizens, be allowed to vote and elect the American government"? Sigh ...

    So: caveat emptor. The movie itself is truly brilliant, but the second disc is a let-down. I didn't want to hear a block of "theory": I wanted to know more about the making of the film. I suspect that others who really adored this film feel the same way. That means the two-disc edition loses two stars for me.
    ...more info
  • the best movie i have seen in months...ignored by oscars...
    i missed this film on the big screen, but caught it on cable, and it was one of the best movies i have seen in a long time...better than "atonement" or "no country for old men", i loved this movie...it was really ignored by the academy and it deserves more recognition...it is close to a perfect movie...it blends action, drama, comedy, sci-fi, and suspense very well...it is fantasy, and offers relevant social commentary at the same time...it also offers some spiritual context to be considered.

    check it out......more info
  • Fantastic!!!
    Apart from the strong acting by all the actors, this movie is filmed/directed in a very different way. Noirish, dark, gothic, biblical! Just Superb!!! No wonder, many critics chose this movie in their top 10 end of the year "Best Movies" list! ...more info
  • Out of all the bad movies, a great one
    With global warming no one seems to think of the other
    possible future effects of pollution.
    A well acted, well staged, well filmed future.
    I think this film is timely and has meaning.
    People tearing themselves apart for no real reason.
    Hate ruling lives and making a mess of everything.
    We have to consider there may someday be a last human child....more info
  • Face the Future
    CHILDREN OF MEN is the most accurate cinematic view I've seen of a world that will soon, but has not yet fully come to pass. Society in advanced decay, massive social upheaval, fanatical xenophobia, extreme class segregation... what today we see just beginning to bud is depicted horrifyingly and in full fruition in CHILDREN OF MEN. There is no real hope for humanity when even those fighting to save civilization do all the wrong things for all the right reasons. The super rich sit in luxury above the fray, hoarding the great treasures of humanity's past glory, yet are themselves blighted by the fact that nothing of redemptive value remains in the world, even for those with the money to pay (this is what idiot Republican's and their wealthy overlords should have considered when they began to disslove economic equilibrium twenty years ago). This movie is very realistic, and those back from war with PTSD should probably avoid it... the rest of you should definitely face the future you have helped to create.
    ...more info
  • Beware the two-disc special edition
    "Children of Men" was film of the year for me. It was clever, thought-provoking, action-packed and brilliantly acted by seasoned performers. Particularly amazing were the two chase scenes that were filmed in one continuous shot. So you would think that if the filmmakers went to the trouble of releasing a two-disc edition of the film, they would explain how those two key sequences were filmed. Wrong.

    Instead, much of the space that could have been devoted to this was wasted on the verbal meanderings of ... Slavoj Zizek, an over-earnest "cultural theorist" who had nothing whatever to do with the making of the film. Zizek is one those fashionably oblique academics given to making sweepingly counter-intuitive statements in broken English. My favourite is his definition of a good film:

    "It simply make reality the more what it already is".

    On and on he drones, chicly quoting Hegel while explaining that "the film gives the best diagnosis of ideological despair of late capitalism" or that the movie instantiates "the paradox of what I would call anamorphosis" (as opposed to "what I would call the paradox of anamorphosis"). At one point he refers to Michelangelo's "David" as "a statue of Michelangelo or whatever". But what else should we expect from the man who recently appeared on "Democracy Now" to declare that "let's everybody in the world, except US citizens, be allowed to vote and elect the American government"? Sigh ...

    So: caveat emptor. The movie itself is truly brilliant, but the second disc is a let-down. I didn't want to hear a block of "theory": I wanted to know more about the making of the film. I suspect that others who really adored this film feel the same way. That means the two-disc edition loses two stars for me.
    ...more info
  • Need to come down?
    Been on too much of a roll lately? Looking for something to quench that old optimistic feeling? Sick of tap dancing?

    I've got just the flick for you, just don't watch it with any razor blades handy....more info
  • Brave new world
    A powerfully gripping vision, mainly in its most down-to-earth realism (hungry, illegal aliens at the gates of the few last enclaves of security).
    Realism is concentrated on the logical consequences of a demographic collapse of the human race, however the political analysis of the war, waged against the inner as well as foreign terrorist-opponents, is also rather smashing. Not suitable for anyone allergic to blood, though!...more info
  • Absolutely amazing
    This is one of the best movies of the last 5 years.
    Ignore people who gave this one star, this is a fictional movie, yet very powerful. I saw it in the theater and then rented it from Blockbuster and it had been edited.
    Watch for the scenes of torture, with the people with black bags over their heads.
    This and the Usual Suspects are the two non comedy movies that I could watch more than once.
    Amazing movie....more info
  • An hour and 45 minutes wasted
    The story: In the crappy apopcalyptic 2027 world, people have become sterile. For an unexplained reason, a young British woman has become pregnant. The evil government wants her. The revolutionaries want her. The lead hero must get her to the safety of *** THE HUMAN PROJECT *** tah-dahhh (this film's version of GreenPeace and a utopian haven in an otherwise wasted world). They enter a Warsaw Ghettoish concentration camp from hell and he actually asks his contact, "Can you get us a boat?" (Pahleeze. They would have had a better chance of getting off of Gilligan's island). Do they get their boat and make it to the Human Project????!! I'll have to leave you hanging there.

    I could hear enough of the dialogue past the heavy British accent and muted sound work, to know that it was uninspired. Fairly good effects work on visually creating the dirty Mad Max world, but it was not as exciting as it was depressing.

    There is a lot of political correctness in the film, which I surmise as why many lemmings have jumped on the praise bandwagon. I'll submit that there is a reason why this was not a box-office hit . . . it sucks.

    Actually, my wife had ordered this from NetFlix. I don't hate her for it, but I've done her the favor of advising her to go ahead and send it back (she hasn't seen it yet)....more info
  • Liked the movie, loved the book
    I liked the movie, but I don't understand why the director deviated so much from the plot-line and characters in the book. I read the book after seeing the movie and I was shocked at how different they were. I liked the story-line in the book a lot more than the movie - especially the ending. ...more info
  • DO NOT READ THE BOOK!
    If you have read "The Children of Men" by P.D.James, then DO NOT WATCH THIS FILM, because you will hate the movie.
    If you have watched this film, then DO NOT READ THE BOOK, because you will hate the movie.

    This is one of the few times where a flimatic tragedy was created from a great source of material. The only reason this film deserves one star is because of the fine acting....more info
  • children of men
    i wanted an hd-dvd movie and there weren't a ton of titles at the time....more info
  • Making Mush of Malthus
    While Children of Men begins with an interesting premise and is visually tantalizing, the logical gaps here are wider than Blart's Britches. For one thing, though systemic repression of an influx of Third World immigrants is a genuine and frightening scenario, it makes sense only in a world of explosive growth. The declining population of an infertile world would cap the pump of refugees created by competition for scarce resources. In a world running out of people, immigrants are a prized commodity. Secondly, making sure the only fertile human on the planet got safely into the hands of experts who could study and perhaps replicate her biological gift is literally a world-saving decision. Clive Owen's character is neither an ideologue nor a potted plant, so it's incomprehensible why he would agree to a quixotic quest for some legendary "sanctuary." Finally, that the MOST VALUABLE BEING on the planet could simply walk past a battalion of soldiers WITHOUT BEING DETAINED squeezes the last smidgeon of sustainable disbelief out of a credibility-parched script.

    The writers do deserve props for being the last humans on earth who remember "In the Court of the Crimson King," but even that can't compensate for Michael Caine's hokey philosophy or the one-mike-per-hectare approach to dialogue recording. A much more enjoyable annihilation scenario would involve these hippie anarchists of Children of Men meeting up with the fascist slackers from Fight Club. ...more info
  • Stunning
    The story is great. The camera work is very original - you feel like everything thats happening to its characters is happening to you. There are no special effects which is rare nowadays. Real explosions, real gunfire and so on... Actors did a great job. Most importantly this movie was highly believeable. No nonsense that left me going "oh come on.. give me a break" (and I'm that kind of a guy). I really felt for the characters and got attached to them. The atmosphere alone was unbelieveable -- a cold, dark, dead near-future -- kind of like the game HL 2 when you first get off the train (if you've ever played it). This movie definitely leaves you with something to remember....more info
  • Hope For The Future?
    Quite simply put, this is the most amazing piece of cinema that I've seen in a while and certainly the most plausible vision of a future Anglican dystopia yet committed to film. It's an instant addition to my favourite films of all time. Its difficult to do the experience of watching it justice in words - if you can imagine a more humane Kubrick or perhaps Andrei Tarkovsky or Elem Klimov working within the perimeters (but not conventions) of the British/American film-making lexicon, then you're getting close. It takes a thousand images from the contemporary world that you're familiar with and weaves them into a tapestry of such alarmingly plausible disquiet that you can't help but be drawn in. If you're a fan of film-making you can consider it a 'must-own' for the simple reason that it contains two of the most hauntingly evocative scenes ever committed to celluloid - one is an attack on a car full of people on an open road, the other is a pitched battle that grinds to a halt in order to provide safe passage for innocents caught in the crossfire. Stunning stuff. We need more films like it....more info