It is the year 2027, and no child has been born for eighteen years. Hope has faded for this society, which clings to its few remaining teenagers as celebrity vestiges of the notion of endless possibilities.
Theo Faron (Clive Owen – Derailed, Sin City) goes about his daily business resigned to the fact that life has little to offer, when his world is suddenly turned upside down by a familiar face from his past.
Julian Taylor (Julianne Moore – Hannibal, The Laws of Attraction) is a member of a reactionary group who is guarding the most sacred thing of all: a pregnant woman. Before the truth of this reality even sets in, Theo finds himself charged with accompanying the woman to safety while keeping her hidden from those who may have their own agendas.
There have been many films made on the future as a dystopia; this one is a well thought out, carefully acted, incarnation of the evolution of a world without prospect. It is a, dare I say, powerful film that depicts a harsh reality, while maintaining its humanity. I must cut to the chase with this one, see Children of Men.
This DVD release contains interesting special features, including a demonstration of a special effect that is as high quality and creative as the film itself. Watch for interview with Canadian political activist Naomi Klein.
-The Possibility of Hope-Examines how society may be headed toward the ill-fated world represented in the film.
-Under Attack-Discover how the filmmakers created the most dangerous scenes.
-Theo & Julian-Get the inside story from Clive Owen and Julianne Moore about their characters.
-Futuristic Design-From concept to creation, see how director Alfonso Cuaron's dynamic vision of the future was brought to life.
-Visual Effects: Creating the Baby.
-Children of Men comments by Slavoj Zizek