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Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron

Produced: 2006

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom, United States

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Certificate: 15

Studio: UCA

Length: 105 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 7 October 2013

Cat No: 8249249

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Languages(s): English, German
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
Subtitles: German, Dutch
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.85
Dolby Digital 5.1

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Children of Men (Special Edition) (2 discs)

Cast: Clive Owen , Julianne Moore , Michael Caine , Pam Ferris , Peter Mullan , Danny Huston , Chiwetel Ejiofor , Charlie Hunnam , Oana Pellea , Jacek Koman , Claire-Hope Ashitey

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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.

Based on the novel by PD James, Children of Men is a dystopian tale of near-future Britain - a world where mankind is infertile and the youngest living person died this morning. However this isn't an examination of morality in a society doomed to certain extinction within a few decades time. No, it's a thriller - the richest one in years.

The adaptation itself is intriguing - they've taken the concept and, together with excellent design and cinematography, created a compelling, hauntingly believable world. The plot on the other hand has been heavily reconstructed into a veritable thrill-ride – in the midst of a totalitarian government and terrorists, Clive Owen must escort a precious, fragile prize – the first pregnant women in nearly thirty years - to a rendezvous with a science ship off the coast of Britain. Despite the calibre of the performances, it's the filmmaking craft that's the star of the show here - action films simply don't often get this level of attention or skill. So – thrilling, thought-provoking and impeccably well made - what more could you want?

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