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PD James’s Children of Men

I went to see The Descent today (yes, I’m still kind of tense). One of the trailers was for an adaptation of PD James’s Children of Men.

Coincidentally, that’s the only novel by James that I’ve ever read. It’s a dystopian near-future science fiction story, and if I recall correectly, a pretty good read. It’s noteworthy because nearly all of James’s other books are crime or police procedural novels.

The trailer isn’t fantastic, but the film’s cast and director are promising. Alfonso Cuarón directed Great Expectations and Y Tu Mamá También, while the cast includes Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and the supremely-talented Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film is due for a late September release.

2 Responses to “PD James’s Children of Men”

  1. Patty Foster

    Yes, I saw the trailer on hypaspace news (children of men), it looks like it might be good. I was interested to see Michael Caine is part of the cast. Not the sort of movie that he usually does. I will check out the book though.

    I’ve been reading books lately about alternative reality dystopia. I highly recommend Canadian Maggie MacDonald’s “Kill the Robot” and right now I’m reading “Never Let me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro (the “Remains of the day” writer) about clones being raised in a british residential school during the 1990s.

  2. Jody

    It’s the only novel I read of hers as well. The trailer reminded me of the movie adaption of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale; dark, prophetic-like science-fiction without the hard-core science that puts on the same shelf as Clarke, Heinlein, or Ellison.

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