Time for my first Film Review in my Blog...
"Children Of Men".
I'm not going to use words like suspenseful, devastating, brilliant.
(The film is, however, ALL of these).
I'm not going to discuss ANY of the plot, as you must go in,(if you have not read the book), completely unaware of the plot, in order to be as shell-shocked, as horrified, as devastated as the director obviously wants you to be.
This film will undoubtedly become known as one of the "great" films.
This film manages--like no other I've ever seen--(and I bet I've seen a couple of thousand films in my life)to create metaphors which work on several levels, and to mirror events which are already occuring in real life, and reflect them back at us...
"Department Of Homeland Security" "Illegal Immigration"--just a few of the labels used with dead-aim accuracy in the film.
In one scene, a tiny boat, carrying a bit of what's left of sane humanity, drifts, seemingly aimlessly.
In another, a young mother is to give birth amongst chaos, and poverty and animals...
In the scene which I felt defines this film, the innocent redeem the guilty--in fact, innocence actually stops, at least temporarily, the death and destruction of those guilty of war.
It's CREATIVITY overpowering DESTRUCTIVITY--and tiny cries overpower the rat-a-tat of machine guns, the bursting of bombs, and the ringing of tinny ears...
Oh, if only the millions of children who cry out, everyday, in real-life war zones, everywhere, could have such effect.
As I said, "Children Of Men" mirrors what is already here.
If only our real world, could mirror the dark world contained in
"Children Of Men"....
Why? Because in "Children Of Men", there is, after all the absolute and utter despair--a sense of hope.