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    children of men
    directed by alfonso cuarón
    based on the novel 'the children of men' by p.d. james
    starring clive owen, michael caine, julianne moore
    i went to see this last week and it's definitely on my list of top 10 films of 2006. it takes place in 2027 but unlike most science fiction films, this future is most definitely believable. there is no over-the-top gadgetry or flying cars. in fact, tomorrow looks a lot like today if today's problems were 10 times worse: the world is threatened terrorism, wars, pollution and no children have been born, anywhere, in 18 years. britain is the last remaining country and it has closed down its borders. the department of homeland security (yes, this takes place in england) has declared all foreigners illegal and orders them deported. cuarón's 2027 is a paranoid, chilling, violent world, and one that you can't help but feel is pretty ominous... basically, this near future is pretty familiar, and that's scary in and of itself.
    the plot is fairly simple: clive owen, world-weary, heavy-drinking reluctant hero, is approached by his ex, played by julianne moore, a rebel in a gang of guerrilla refugees fighting for the rights of foreigners, on the day the youngest person on earth dies. she comes to him escort a refugee girl to safety. it turns out the girl is pregnant. the first human pregnancy in almost 18 years. i won't tell you any more except that it's a stunning film that everyone should see. it's also technically dazzling, no gimmicks and only minimal special effects but still visually amazing. the battle scenes are shot documentary-style with handheld camera and the action is tight and you'll be nervous and on the edge of your seat the whole time.

    oh, and did i mention just how delicious clive owen looks in this?
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    I saw it with hubby, at home, on sunday night.I absolutely enjoyed this movie.And cried ( yeah, hormones...) at the fugees camp scenes.
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    I like P.D. James' books, Alphonso Cuaron's directing and everything about Clive Owen, so this is clearly a must see!

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    I thought the book was fabulous, so I'm just a little afraid that the movie won't live up to my expectations. Can't wait to see it though!

    Biatch - how have you seen it already? It's not in theatres until December 25.

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    ohhh, a good movie with my man Clive, I can't wait. You guys are getting me excited for this movie!
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    Quote Originally Posted by missbazilb View Post
    I thought the book was fabulous, so I'm just a little afraid that the movie won't live up to my expectations. Can't wait to see it though!

    Biatch - how have you seen it already? It's not in theatres until December 25.
    Yes, courtesy of my husband's job, I enjoy many movies that are new from the comfort of our home.Imagine me, with my huge belly, prancing round cinemas or going to screenings....This was sent by some judges from what I gathered.

    Well, I am a huge book reader but I missed this book and now I am definitely going to read it.
    I totally thought it will be a boring "The Island", or a "Minority Report".Glad i watched it.

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    The film is AMAZING!!!!!!!!! It depressed the hell out of me though - I felt like throwing myself under a bus when I left the cinema!! Clive Owen is brilliant (and hot!) and Julianne Moore is great too. I seriously recommend it but make sure you do something fun afterwards to cheer yourself up!
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    Oh, that sucks, I was looking forward to this but I am in no mood to see depressing movies in general. Life is bad enough, when I go spend 20 bucks at the cinema I want to lose myself and have a happy or somewhat hopeful ending. I absolutely do not like sad or depressing endings at all.

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    i dont like the title damnit; its WOMEN who have children...fuckers!


    ~i'd like to see it too maybe, but yeah, my life has been so depressing lately that who needs to pay for that shit at the threatre...~ we'll see......

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    The title "Children of Men" comes from a bible quote for when you're burying someone.

    I just re-read the book, and finished it yesterday, and noticed the quote. I was thinking the same thing as you about the title, before that

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    Oh goodie, I was hoping this movie would be good. Don't know anything about it but the trailer looks fascinating & like something I would like. I hate it when trailers look great & then the movie sucks.
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    yeah my sis said it was good too.

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    Hubby and I saw this over the weekend, and it was very good. We never go out to movies (I think the last movie I saw in a theater was Shrek 2?) and always wait for them to come out on DVD, but we had decided to have a "date day" and go to a movie. We were both very happy with it - kept your attention the whole time and really made you think. Definitely money well spent for a movie.
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    thnx Goose; im gonna see it for sure now!

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    This movie freaking pissed me off. It's just basically one long mind fuck.

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