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This review is from: Children Of Men Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Audio CD)
Reading some of reviews here and on other sites is a much more bone-chilling experience than watching the movie itself.
Alfonso Cuarón's portrait of an apocalyptic future where England is the last bastion of whatever is left of the Western Civilization, while based on a PD James' novel, owes much to Terry Gilliam and Alan Moore. While totally haunting and thought-provoking, its dark imagerie is hardly original. Some of its most visionary moments are lifted straight from Meaning Of Life, 12 Monkeys or V For Vendetta (Michael Caine's character, the prog rock references, the run-down cities, the sense of malinchonic abandon to the inevitable catastrophe). Yet, it succeeds, mostly relying on mythical and universal allegories instead of plot twists and a more traditional narration (where characters and situations are introduced and explained to the viewers). The moments of languid nostalgia (again, 12 Monkeys and La Jetée) alternates to brutally realistic violence, ispired by actual war journalism (when such thing still existed, that is). See the masterful steadycam work and the blood-stained lenses during the uprising and the flashes of the Bexhill concentration camp.
Why all the "worst movie ever" reviews, then? Can't people tell quality from junk anymore? If they have access to the Internet and know how to write a review for Amazon or the IMDB, shouldn't they also have some intellectual curiosity, enough to appreciate good movies? Apparently, that's not the case. The "anthropologically just" are still ruling the world AND the Internet, as dummies are still taking global decision that could lead us to the ultimate disaster. And whatever war they're fighting right now (West vs. East, civilization vs. civilization), there's no camera documenting it, in London or in Fallujah. This makes "Children of Men" even more valuable. It should remind people why art, culture and beauty are so important.
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2008 12:07:05 GMT
S. E. Rowan says:
Completely agree. While not loyal to the original story, this is a very good film and combined with John Tavener's haunting theme leaves a lasting impression.
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