It begins as a kindling that’s about to set a purpose on fire any moment, and you don’t see it coming. Children of Men, a Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller movie released in 2006, is the way of death. You don’t understand the why of the story, and it’s not even considered in the story. You begin to appreciate the maturity of Theo Faron(actor Clive Owen) as a lonely and weary man who formerly was a politically weighted activist until “the world came to shit”. The manner in which this movie is staged reflects the most known factors that are familiar to us, like greed, anger, hope, and superiority and war. It’s a question of what kind of a war is being fought in Children of Men: is it a war for equality? Or is it a war of faith? There are many such questions that you want answered about the movie, but there is a kind of queer pleasure that you’ll feel when you are deprived of such answers.
Children of Men isn’t about what happens after “the world came to shit”, it’s about what happens during the complete extinction of the human race. You are more curious about the journey’s inevitable misery than that which ultimately happens after a war is over. The world in 2027 is shown as lost, abandoned yet populated and carefully constructed in misery. There is persistent confrontation of innovation versus that which is rudimentary. The advanced technology utilized in the movie was a reminder of innovation, while the use of outdated vehicles, poorly maintained offices, polluted roads, and the garbled architecture was a reminder of devastation in society. This confrontation reminds us that there can be good and bad existing at the same time.
While the outline of the movie focuses on infertility, no children, no future, no hope, and change; there is much more depth than you can understand after you’ve watched Children of Men. This movie portrays struggle of being an outsider, and still experiencing a sense of belongingness to a thought, a miracle that changes the way you feel, understand and react.
There is a wave of survival in this movie, that’s hanging in the air, swaying from side to side like a parachute without anyone to hold on to and nowhere to land. This confusion forms the absolute depth and its complete abomination. The movie spoke so less about existing at the end and the beginning, faith and chance, life’s own choices for one, and yet it felt as if the entire story was envisioned around these fortunes. The director has carefully staged little elements in the movie perfectly enough to convey meaningful messages that you appreciate only when you see them. There is more visual communication than verbal and that’s the beauty of Children of Men. If there exists a place that looks and feels as real as the movie (without the depletion of human race), it would become a marvel for photographers as Children of Men is the perfect subject to capture. Borderline is that Children of Men is definitely a must watch for thought provocative minds.