Rocked by Children of Men

We caught two DVD’s last week and both are worth the time and ducats to rent. Both are a bit scary and for altogether different reasons. Let’s start with the better of the two: Children of Men.

In the pantheon of dystopian futures there are several classics. Blade Runner, a dreary world of androids and mass extinction perhaps comes closest to mind when watching the Alfonso Cuaron directed Children of MenChildren of Men. However, Blade Runner may portray a more optimistic future. In that film, the androids were sadistic because they were androids. There’s no such comfort in Children of Men. The world is one cold, hard sadistic place and people are the ringmasters.

The scariest part of the film is it’s utter believability. Set 20 years into the future the world civilization is crumbling into anarchy. Terrorists attacks happen at any time and death is ever present from disease, terror or random acts of violence. Worst of all is an infertility plague that has lasted for 20 years. The lack of children has heightened mans inhumanity to man. The government is oppressive and cruel and resistance fighters are equally cold and callous.

Clive Owen, whose hang-dog weary expressions are a perfect fit for the film, gets involved with one of these resistance groups through his ex-wife, Julianne Moore. Eventually, he must help a pregnant, young women flee England to a supposed Utopian colony on an Island in the Azores. Death and misery ensue.

The movie also gets a fine performance from Michael Caine, who looks a whole lot happier away from the bat cave. If you’re looking for something a bit weightier than Wil Ferrel in leotards you could do worse.

The next scary film is Rocky Balboa not so much for plot as for Sylvester Stallone who simply no longer looks real. The movie itself is actually quite good and almost…I say almost removes the bad taste from the series last film, the wretched Rocky 5.Rocky Balboa

Here the 50+ Rocky is lured back into the ring to face the reigning champ in an exhibition bout. I won’t spoil how it ends but it’s a much fitter bookend to the first Rocky than the aforementioned 5. Let’s give Stallone some credit. It took a lot of guts to step back into the character after so many years and the results could have been a disaster but somehow the old champ pulled it off.

JC

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One Response to “Rocked by Children of Men”

  1. DJ Says:

    I Agree with your commentary on Children of Men (I actually bought it) and would like to add some props to the cinematography as well. Really nice perspectives and camera angels.

    Haven’t seen Rocky Balboa yet.

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