Saturday, March 31, 2007

Video pick of the week

Misery of Men: I missed this one in the theaters but was able to catch it on video. It's just out this week. The movie is Children Of Men, starring Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, and Julianne Moore. Adapted from the book by P.D. James, the story is set in the U.K. in the year 2027. There have been no births for almost two decades and that has led to a collapse of society. Environmental problems, rampant terrorism, and millions upon millions of refugees paint a bleak picture of the world. The Human Project, a covert group, is the one thing that could save the human race.

The dreamy Owen plays Theo and Moore plays Julian. When Julian asks for Theo's help to transport a refugee to the Human Project, he agrees to help his estranged wife with the refugee. The clincher: The refugee is pregnant. They must get her to safety while outrunning the government and double crossers. This movie is well directed, well acted, and has some surprises that are very believable. I was quite impressed and have no doubt in my mind that this movie just missed being one of the best picture nominees of last year. Sadly, it got lost in the other releases during the holiday but should definitely be caught on video.

Children Of Men is directed by Alfonso Cuaron, who also directed Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Y Tu Mama Tambien, and A Little Princess.


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