Another really good movie, a masterpiece of cinema with a unique way of shooting, an impressive scenario and very good characters and actors.
It starts with one simple question to create a depressing dystopia : what if there aren’t any new children on Earth, if all the men and women were sterile ?
We learn that the world is chaotic, no more governments, no more authorities, only hundreds of thousands of migrants who all want to reach the last country on Earth, the United Kingdom.
Of course, the British government is now a fascist one and is clearly not welcoming with all these people.
Europeans, Africans, Arabs, Asians (maybe not Americans except if you cross the Atlantic Ocean, quite impossible), humanity is migrating to Great Britain, and a lot are surely dying on the road. The « lucky ones » who succeed to reach the shore of UK end their travel in concentration camps were they are humiliated and treated like animals.
The main character of the story is Theo Faron (Clive Owen), an activist against the government policy who get back into resistance with his ex-wife.
He is a desillusioned man who will regain his will to fight when he meets Kee (Clare-Hope Naa K. Ashitey) who is a young refugee, the key character of the story, everything happen because of her baby, she is the catalyst of the other characters.
What is interesting in this movie is that you have confidence in no one. Each person can be a collaborator or a traitor.
You also see how some want to use this baby for political goals, no matter that he is the first baby since several years.
The shooting is also impressive, the scenes were shot in one go, even the pursuit when they are attacked by the bikers in the woods.
It makes the movie more realistic and closer to the viewer.
I can’t write an article about his movie without broaching the question of the Syrian refugees, and of the others.
Because it is not really different, we put them in detention camps which are not a lot better than concentration camps.
I don’t want to go deeper into political consideration because it is a complicated problem and I am not sure if there is a good solution.
But what is really unbearable is the hypocrisy of the European governments. Some want to take the more skilled migrants while they let the others in Greece which has not the financial ressources to deal with this situation.
Government decisions make suffering a lot of people, and meantime, far-right ideas are growing into Western societies.
Not a funny time, Children of Men is less and less a dystopia…