January 07, 2007
|Children Of Men||Film|
Saw an extraordinary new movie last night, Children of Men. Then went back this afternoon and saw it again. It's not a perfect movie — some of the dialog is clunky, and some of the acting, too — but no matter. No other movie comes close in communicating a visceral sense of the dark path we're all headed down. Stuff we've all read about suddenly becomes real. Harrowing, but not to be missed.
Get a clue: the movie is *fiction*.
Posted by: Kevin at January 8, 2007 10:37 AM
And like the best fiction, it reflects the reality of the present.
Posted by: Michael at January 8, 2007 02:25 PM
Of course it's fiction. But the thing that gets to you isn't the central plot gimmick of a childless world, it's the context in which the story takes place: a world beset by chaos, terrorism, environmental catastrophe, state repression, widespread collapse of states, millions upon millions of desperate refugees. Yes, it's fiction -- especially if you live in a country like the US. If you live in Baghdad, or Guantanamo, or Abu Ghraib, or Somalia, or Darfur, or Afghanistan, or Nigeria, or Chechnya, etc., etc., then not so much. Now fast-forward a decade or two.
Good fiction lets you get a glimpse of what it's like in someone else's skin, someone else's experience. "Children of Men" succeeds in that. There are moments and images in this film that I don't expect to forget any time soon.
Posted by: Jonathan at January 8, 2007 02:26 PM
Anyone who has seriously studied history knows that the world has always been full of "chaos, terrorism, environmental catastrophe, state repression, widespread collapse of states, millions upon millions of desperate refugees." What is new are the catastrophists who see evil around every corner in order to justify their neurotic apocalyptic tendencies. In reality, more people than ever before are leading lives of health and prosperity. Yes, some--too many--still do not. But most of us have never had it so good. Still, of course, some of those people will whine and complain.
Posted by: Kevin at January 9, 2007 09:04 AM
I haven't seen the movie, and I like the director's past efforts, so I'm sure this will be good too. However, I have a real problem with the movie's central premise. All of the world's problems can be squarely laid to overpopulation. Birthrates falling off the deep end would be a glimmer of hope, in my opinion.
Posted by: Derek at January 10, 2007 01:04 PM