This fascinating and disturbing film based on a P.D. James novel envisions a future in which the world is in chaos and only London has retained a measure of stability.
Alcoholic bureaucrat Theo (Clive Owens) was an activist in his youth - a muscle he's forced to exercise again when his ex-wife (Julianne Moore), now a rebel leader, presses him into service to smuggle a pregnant woman out of the country.
Why? Because her fetus represents the first baby to be born anywhere in 18 years. Both the government and the rebels would surely use the child for propaganda.
Director Alfonso Cuaron makes no attempt to salve our anxiety with cute touches; his movie, set in the near future of 2027, looks as sad as its characters. Still, it's a fascinating study in the antihero.
Extras: several deleted scenes, features on design and special effects and a chat with futurists and philosophers about the bleak world of "Children of Men."
"Children of Men" is available on DVD and HD-DVD from Universal. 110 minutes. Rated R. $29.98. Grade: B+