Children of Men (2006)

Last night I saw the film Children of Men, on DVD, based on the dystopian novel by P.D. James, directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter 3).

It is the year 2027 and humans can no longer procreate.  After the death of the youngest human in the world, a former activist called Theo, (Clive Owen) agrees, after meeting with his fellow activist and ex-wife Julian [Julianne Moore], to transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.  This is where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of mankind, in a chaotic world of disorder and violence.
This film was good in that it was surprising and had great acting, especially Clive Owen who plays a man of great strength of character and perseverance and also Claire Hope who plays the role of Kee, the pregnant woman.

         


From a male perspective, only Theo and his old hippie friend Jaspar are portrayed as good, strong and likeable men, while virtually all the other men in the film are shown to be violent, corrupt and downright evil which really depressed me. There was a lot of gun fighting and violence. That is probably what would happen so fair enough (though there were very few bad female characters and when they were bad it was a man's fault as is blatantly clear in a few scenes).

          


The only bit that really struck a chord of sadness with me personally was how they changed a feature of the story from the book. In the book the human race was doomed because men were the ones who were infertile (or at least so were men and women). But in the film it is the women who are unable to be fertile and so something happened that I anticipated from the start.

While the baby in the book was a boy, the one in the film was a girl. I just knew that would be the case. Maybe I am taking this too seriously, but they made out the youngest person in the world who died [who was male] to be a 'wanker' and generally demonized all the male characters.  It seemed that the women in the film, aside from Theo, were the ones making all the rational decisions.  It made it seem that a female would be a more favorable salvation to humankind. This is something I have seen again and again in movies over the years.

          
 

This reminded me of the Da Vinci Code in a way - the way it tries to lionize females and imply they would make better rulers with superior morals etc.  This is my instinct anyway.  But overall the anti-maleness in this film was neutralized by the main male character Theo and his transition from a confused and slightly selfish individual to a determined protector of the pregnant woman.  He risked his life and unlike in War of the Worlds, you actually like Theo when you first see him.
                                                           - by Mr. Doesn'tGiveaDamn

Rated: R in USA, 15 in UK, 14A in Canada due to foul violence, language, some drug use and brief nudity.
Duration: 1 hour & 49 minutes
   
 
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