Children of Men
By Art Mead Tuesday, 6 Mar 2007

If all of humanity lost the ability to reproduce, what would be the result? Would society be driven to madness with no one to build for, to continue on the human traditions and conditions? Would we descend into the depths of our demons, basically conceding to our most degrading and self-absorbed thoughts and ideas, living only for ourselves with no feelings of empathy, sympathy, or love?

Children of Men depicts a future where humanity has lost the ability to reproduce for unknown reasons, and society has fallen apart to a point where only London is left relatively intact. There is a rift around the city, one between the citizens of London and those who are trying to immigrate in (illegally).

The movie really starts when Clive Owen’s character is contacted to help smuggle a girl for a terroristic group called the Fishes, who are trying to break down the walls of immigration. Of course, he finds out the girl is pregnant, and is thrust into the role of being her safekeeper, as both the Government and Terrorists want the girl (and her unborn baby) at almost any cost.

The overall feel of the movie is rather similar to 28 Days Later, in the way that everything is being shot “as is” for the future, with no elaborate setup shots or similar contrivances. This documentary-esque approach really serves the movie well, as there is very little build up and every twist and turn catches you by surprise, without the feeling of being forced.

The choice of music for the movie was rather surprising, as it included many Beatles songs throughout. These worked well, overall, though a few of the songs felt tacked on.

My main complaint with the movie is that it presents a possible future with assumptions made about the past, but never clearly explains the circumstances that created that future. Along with that, the ending of the movie is a let down of sorts, leaving many issues unresolved. Instead of telling a complete story from A to B, it feels like on the path of A——-B, we just got a snapshot of the middle without a full explanation of where A was and where B will take us.

Overall, I would recommend this movie, as it is really quite interesting and stays in motion, never leaving you bored or restless. I really wish I could get a further glimpse into the cause of the condition depicted, but I wasn’t distracted to a point of frustration.


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