Movie Review: Children of Men

Strangely enough, while there are a lot of apocalytical movies, this one had a pretty interesting twist on it and had a lot more people die in it than you would think. The movie itself starts out with a bomb blowing up a coffee shop, as part of your “norm” lifestyle. It’s set in the United Kingdom in 2027, when we find that human beings cannot reproduce anymore and is pretty much on the verge of extinction in the next couple of generations. Theo Faron (Clive Owens) is thrust into a fight between a terrorist group for immigrant rights lead by Julian Taylor (Julianne Moore) against the government.
This movie was very dark, and gloomy. Not recommended for those that cannot handle war type movies, since it is very much like one but within a civilian perspective. It starts off with a bang, and is pretty much in a similar mood the whole time. Strangely enough, the book of the same title, of which the film is based on, switches the roles of infertility from man (in book) to woman (in film).

Another interesting part to note is that the film focuses a lot on deportation of refugees. What’s more is that the treatment of refugees is said to be not unlike the detainment camps for enemy combatants in the current day. There is also a critical view towards the United States’ Department of Homeland Security, since in the movie there is a sign that says “Homeland Security” in great big lettering when you view the refugee deportation area. Personally, it reminded me of the films that depicted the Nazi concentration camps, especially the demeaning treatment of individuals.
While this movie doesn’t have Christian behavior in it (war, killing, etc.) it definitely has some of the religious symbolism. The fact that the opening day of this movie was chosen to be on the 25th of December is very interesting along with some scenes in the movie (of which I will not speak of for fear of giving it away).
Children of Men (Widescreen Edition) is one of the types of movies that some people love, some hate, and others like myself didn’t mind seeing it once, but isn’t excited enough about it to see it again after the first time. Perhaps it’s the depressing nature of war and violence, but I’d rather watch Die Hard any day before this movie due to the message and nature of the film.