Law Religion Culture Review

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Movie Review: Children of Men (mild spoiler alert).

As I have written here in reviewing Superman Returns (see July 15, 2006), finding Christ-figures in movies can be a trite exercise.

Nevertheless, sometimes they are unmistakeable, even if subtle (the best kind).

Children of Men is a remarkable example of the subtle kind. Set in 2027 Europe, the film delves into a future where no child has been born for over 18 years.

What happens to a society where there is no hope of progeny? This movie offers a dark answer.

Among other things, there is no concern about the environment. Vehicles belch filth into the air. Trash piles up everywhere.

In addition, violence pervades (however, it's mostly implied in the film). Ironically, the lack of new life makes extant life--animal or human--expendable in this vision. While the movie doesn't make the connection, immigrants are mercilessly persecuted in this childless world.

Stepping into this culture of despair, is Theo (greek for God). However, he is a regular guy (a journalist) who, through in indirect connection with the underground "Fish" movement, encounters a pregnant woman, whose unborn child represents hope for humanity. Protecting the woman and even assisting the birth of her daughter, he takes it upon himself to get them to "The Human Project", a place of safety and security.

Powerful, provocative and professional this movie should be seen as soon as practicable.

Children of Men receives an "A-."