'Children Of Men'
(Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, et al / DVD / R / 2007 / Universal)
Overview: 'Children of Men' envisages a world one generation from now that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population. The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction.
DVD Verdict: I saw this film when it first came out and then sometime after that. I really enjoyed it, but I'm not sure that the message I got from it was the one necessarily intended, (indeed if any specific message was intended). For what it's worth here is what I came away with: There is a scene in an abandoned school that is falling apart and one of the characters makes the observation how its' very odd what happens in the world without children's voices. It is in fact odd and horrific; governments have collapsed and anarchy reigns. It appears that the only hope for humanity may be the baby being carried by a young African woman. Michael Caine's character makes the statement that her baby is the "miracle" that the whole world has been waiting for. The messianic tones are unmistakable. This is further driven home when having had her baby the young mother carries her child outside and there is a cessation of hostilities between the warring factions.
I'm not sure that Mr. Cuaron, (the director), had a specific message, but I know that it seemed to me that at least on one level the film suggests that there is a sanctity and something sacred about life that perhaps we, (especially in the West), should wake-up to. Perhaps one of the solutions for tomorrow should be a heightened respect for life as opposed to coming up with more efficient and cavalier ways of preventing it and/or extinguishing it.
The second time around (now on DVD) the movie stirred up just as many thoughts and emotions as the first. This is very real feeling science fiction. The problems of tomorrow in this film seem to align itself with many of the issues that we are burying ourselves in today like our growing dependency on chemicals (many with unknown side effects), or the waste that we put in our environment, and last and certainly paramount, the decreasing faith we have of anything beyond our sciences in which we measure reason, and rely upon.
'Children Of Men' has become one of my favorite movies. And I hope that anyone with a thirst for thoughtfulness gets a chance to see this brilliant movie. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
Featurette: The Possibility of Hope
Featurette: Under Attack
"Children of Men" Comments by Slavoj Zizek
Theo & Julian
Visual Effects: Creating the Baby