if you want to see a magnificent film – though very depressing – but a tremendous story of being in favour of life above all else, go see ‘children of men’, just released in the uk (it’s out in the states on christmas day)
this story of a dystopian future in which all women have become infertile, and humanity awaits its end stars the appropriately distant clive owen, along with julianne moore, michael caine in a superb and moving cameo that reminds us why he should be allowed to live forever, and peter mullan as a crazed scotsman who always refers to himself in the third person.
as is my wont i’ll prefer not to say much about the plot, but this really a remarkable film. its key theme is doing everything to keep life alive, and the documentary-style fashion in which it is made grips your vision as if your own life depends on it. alfonso cuaron directs some of the most incredible one-take scenes i’ve ever seen, and the narrative throttles along to make it one of the smartest action films ever made.
let me reiterate – this is a very depressing film but its heart is set on one thing: the absolute need, in the face of what may seem like unremitting darkness, to honour human life.
along with ‘little miss sunshine’ and ‘the new world’ it’s the best film i’ve seen this year.