Childeren Of Men Essay

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Children of Men – An Unexpected Delight In Depressing Mood The film Children of Men depicts the theme of the futility of life, where life itself is a gamble. The theme is conveyed to the audience by the dark atmosphere of the film. This contributes to the overall sombre mood which the audience has no choice but to accept. Nevertheless, this film with its dark themes gives the audience hope. The movie inspires you, it motivates you to a new level of faith. As a member of the audience you are made to cheer and root for the characters just like you would while watching the similarly themed movie Rudy, where you hope from the bottom of your heart that the main character overcomes the obstacles blocking his way. Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men starts with a depressed and sombre tone right from the opening shot; with a view of streets where people are engaged with the business of daily life but there is a sense of futility as if they know that they will soon be once again one with the earth. Women in the start of the 21st century, without a known cause, have stopped having babies. In the year 2027 science can’t find the answer to the world’s problems, governments are powerless, and society, what is left, is a total anarchy, every man for himself. The whole world is in peril. Theo Faron (Clive Owen) the protagonist is not your conventional protagonist, he smokes, he drinks, and he even partakes in a joint with his hippie friend Jasper (Michael Caine). Theo helps a person who trusts him and locate a safe place for his friend Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey) who is miraculously pregnant. At this place Kee can give birth to her baby, safely; where scientists are able to study her and potentially save the human race. This shows that Theo’s character despite his rough appearance is actually fairly mellow and caring. Theo speaks freely only to his old girlfriend, Julian Taylor

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