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Children of Men (2006)

The Child is Father to the Man…..Gerard Manley Hopkins (1918)

“The child is father to the man.”
How can he be? The words are wild.
Suck any sense from that who can:
“The child is father to the man.”
No; what the poet did write ran,
“The man is father to the child.”
“The child is father to the man!”
How can he be? The words are wild!
One should not miss the play upon a Childe Herald aspect in both how this movie’s title is chosen and how its significance relates to primary instincts in common to all humanity. Otherwise the purpose for its careful construction are missed and much of the intended import, sadly dismissed. For much about it is epic.

Strong points much required considered in order to reflect upon what otherwise might seem unreal to viewers but what is the proud truth in all our hearts. With this allowance, one scene in particular is not quite deemed so imaginary nor surreal, but emphatic to this “proud truth”.

And the dramatic core, to escape from malign clutches the one remaining hope to prolong the species, becomes a theater upon which all mankind’s behinds may one day sit.

Adapted from the novel of the same name by P. D. James and directed by Alfonso Cuaron, also involved in its screenplay writing. Other writers are, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Otsby. The casting is adept and the lead, Clive Owen, grants this up and coming English superstar an excellent opportunity to display his range. Opposite is the alluring Maria McErlane in supporting role with, Michael Cane as Jasper. A notable performance is given by Joy Richardson as, Joy, in a role central to both story line and action core.

This futurist movie is set in the year 2027. We learn this society’s vapid sterility through the eyes of Theo Faro (Clive Owen,) a society in which we can already see a prototype forming. Reacting to the newsfest over the recent death of Baby Diego (Juan Gabriel Yacuzzi) Faro’s musings, promoted as well by a near miss terrorist bombing, give us a clear frame of reference for what is to come. Baby Diego’s death is a well selected front door for the story to begin since he was the youngest person on earth and all of eighteen years old. But this kind of keen professional touch is to be noted throughout the making of this chilling movie. For with it is better obtained the clarity to realize a viewer is looking into a near inevitable future.

What this portrayal represents, however, is not horror for the sake of horror, but for the sake of what Joy (Joy Richardson) represents. This reviewer supposes, naming this role Hope, might just have been too obvious to the movie maker’s taste…not to his though. Added to this sense of horror is the clinical way in which government determinants on derelicts are made, how they are then separated and catalogued, with the least desirable exterminated on the spot.

All of which we see on this excursion through possibility approaching probability as mounting factors both in the present and in this 2027 scenario proliferate. To the point in the film where indifference is the common reaction…even to those deemed misfits. But something is to awaken them out of this lethargy. Something for which people willingly lay down lives…beginning with their own. Can a movie demonstrate such a thing as reality?

See it and decide. Clearly a five star rating on theme alone.

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