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Children of Men
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Apr 9, 2007 By: Sturdy
Children of Men order
Director:
Alfonso Cuaron

Actors:
Clive Owen
Julianne Moore
Michael Caine

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In the year 2027, mankind is risking extinction with war, chaos and infertility. On the verge of a rebellion, one man dedicates his life to protecting the only known child in the world. He must risk his life and the lives of his friends to protect the worlds last hope.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
CHILDREN OF MEN is one of those movies thats so gripping and captivating that it makes you sad at the end. Not because the movie itself is sad, but because you realize that the ride you were just on is over. I was engrossed in this world that Alfonso Cuaron had created and I wanted more of it. This was a great film that not only entertained, but impressed with extremely high quality filmmaking.

Ive always been impressed with Alfonso Cuaron, but this time he should be commended for doing such an outstanding job with every aspect of this film. He did such a fantastic job directing the background scenes, that you almost dont realize whats going on in the foreground. He really did create a world that was inhabited by more people than Clive Owen and whoever he was talking to. Too many directors focus too much on their stars and not enough on the world around them. Needless to say, Cuaron did not make that mistake. I also want to draw attention to the scene in the film where Theo is walking up the stairs in the middle of a gunfight. That scene seemed to go on forever without an edit and given how much was going on, it was amazing.

The acting was also noteworthy with all of the actors turning in great performances. I always love Julianne Moore and she did a wonderful job with what little screen time she had. I was also impressed with Chiwetel Ejiofor who proved hes more than just the bad guy in SERENITY.

As great as the film is, I would have liked it to be a little longer. They could have spent more time developing the relationship between Theo and Julian. I was very interested in how the world came to be in its current state. In fact, there was so much going on that they could have spent more time on just about everything, but I do think the main characters deserved more attention. All in all, the film was great and the fast paced, frantic feel of the movie is really what made it so fun.
THE EXTRAS
Possibility of Hope (27:15): Whether you like this or not will depend on your political stance since its just a big propaganda film against globalization. I enjoyed it, but I got the feeling it took itself a little too seriously.

Under Attack (7:36): I absolutely love the long shot technique and this is a featurette that covers that very subject. Its great stuff, but definitely not long enough. I could watch an entire movie dedicated to this subject.

Comments by Slavoj Zizek (5:45): If you can make it past this guys accent, this is a decent featurette. Slavoj is a philosopher and cultural critic and here he gives his opinions on the symbolism in the film. Its insightful, but nothing earth shattering.

Deleted Scenes (2:23): These didnt really add anything to the film, but they did further the setting and plot a little bit. At less than 2.5 minutes, I wouldve been ok with them added back in.

Theo and Julian (4:41): The characters were great and this quick featurette breaks down the various characters by cast and crew. Its decent, but not great.

Futuristic Design (8:38): The setting of the film is one of its biggest characters and this looks at the effort put into the various settings. Again, I dont think 8 minutes is enough time to dedicate to this subject, but it was a nice overview.

Visual Effects, Creating the Baby (3:00): This is an odd, but welcomed featurette that breaks down the birthing scene in the film. I say odd, because this definitely wasnt the most elaborate use of visual effects in the film. I say welcome because it was interesting to see how much time and effort is put into one seemingly simple shot.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Obviously, Im a big fan of the film and if you havent seen it yet, I highly recommend it. It does have some political slants, but dont let that deter you from enjoying this great ride. Its a worthy addition in any DVD collection.
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