Children of Men is a thought-provoking dystopian film directed by Alfonso Cuaron. It explores the idea of mankind’s own impermanence. Nearly two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. There are many important scenes that help to develop the film. I found the last scene particularly intriguing as it left questioning viewers to come to their own conclusions.
Children of Men explores the key ideas of hope and faith in the face of futility and despair. The dystopian film is set on 2027, in a futuristic society in which humans are unable to reproduce. In the novel from which the movie is based author P.D James says, “It is reasonable to struggle, to suffer, perhaps to even die, for a more just, and more compassionate society, but not in a world with no future, where all to soon the very words ‘justice’, ‘compassion’, ‘society’, ‘struggle’, ‘evil’ would be unheard echoes on an empty air.” It is evident from this that hope depends on the survival of future generations. Without hope, lives are disregarded, and bodies disposed of by any means possible. There is war, but in this war there are no winners. The reliability of even the existence of the “Human Project” is unknown to viewers; talk of it is all circumstantial, as we are never offered evidence of its existence. The Human Project is supposedly a group organised to experiment ways to cure infertility and make an end to this shattered society, but what is does for Kee and her baby is provide hope. Hope of the possibility of a safer life together. Cuaron applies this main idea of hope through the use of the ship ‘The Tomorrow,’ the ship which arrives at the end of the film. It is a glimpse of a possibility of hope, and it was how much of that hope the audience invested as to what they felt the outcome of the film was. If you are an optimist you will see hope in the ending, but if you are a pessimist you will see complete hopelessness at the end. The director...
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