Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Maybe too political.
We live in a world where films are continually similar to one another. So much so till the point where we are almost begging for something different, something unique or special. Every now and again, we are awarded with such a feature, but those ideas are running thin it would appear. Well, I have some good news for you, Children of Men is one of these films. While watching, you’ll immediately realize you haven’t seen anything like it before. Well, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll like it. Either way, there’s a lot of promise in this film.
Meet Theo Faron (Clive Owen). Theo is a former activist living in the year 2027, a time when for some reason or another, all women found themselves to be infertile. For the last 18 years, there has been no hope for human kind, so disparity set in. People retaliated with no real motivations. However, Theo was trusted by Julian (Julianne Moore), a current activist with a very important mission of transportation. What is he transporting? A woman named Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey) who has miraculously conceived a child. It is Theo’s job to transport her to safety, to an organization known as The Human Project. She is humanity’s last hope.
Maybe I’m blind to the political side of this film, or maybe I just missed it when they said it, but I’m not entirely sure why this Kee girl needed a bodyguard/transporter. I understand everyone is at war with each other, and it’s a really depressing and unsafe world, but…she’s everyone’s last hope for survival. For a future, for a family…all of this fun stuff. Who in their right minds would want to harm her? She is the link that should (at least temporarily) bind everyone together and stop the hate…instead…her pregnancy was withheld and kept a secret. Forgive me if I asked a stupid question, but that was on my mind the entire time, which perhaps made the whole experience worse.
Another question on my mind were more obvious. What made Kee pregnant, and what made the world infertile? Are they related, and how will her pregnancy effect the rest of the world? Are they going to run tests on her after she gives birth? Some of these questions are answered, but some aren’t, and I am left feeling slightly cheated. I understand the need to have things left open for interpretation, and to have a “just accept it” ideal, but I actually wanted to know how the movie explained infertility. My theory: The magnetic properties on the Lost Island spilled out to the rest of the world, making everyone infertile. Am I right? Probably.
Look, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this movie was done well and I was probably just a little unclear on a few key elements. It has a great dystopian look and feel, the acting was great, the ideas and goals were presented clearly, and the music was solid. The entire premise was new and exciting. There really isn’t a whole lot you can reasonably complain about, I would just say it’s not 100% clear. Not everyone will understand what’s going on in the flick, especially people that don’t follow politics…like me. It’s a good movie though, I just probably wouldn’t say to buy it.
Children of Men is an interesting dystopian future flick that has the ability to force the viewer into questioning “what if” on a number of topics, depending on who they are. Whether you are into politics, action, mystery, or even fantasies, this may be the right choice for you.