Literature Film Review on Children of Men

Children of Men is a futuristic film set in London in the year 2021. The film depicts a the human species as potentially extinct due to a series of tragedies. In over two decades, disaster has struck the human race, and in more than eighteen years, no woman has ever conceived a child. The film, depicts a current pandemonium world with less established dynasties that fight to retain their dominance over the majority of the populace. However, other nations seek to fight their redemption, as well as obtain a comparable dominance. In spite of a dictatorial dominion, the populace fights for redemption from malaise and widespread negativism; while Xan Lippat, the dominant dictator fights to retain power. The citizens thus face a diverse range of dissatisfactions which are the key themes and concepts developed through the movie. As such, the movie portrays the contemporary society against the relentless pursuit for power. Based on the story line, the ensuing paper explores various themes including the theme of death; pursuit of power, and the push for survival. Other themes explored include infertility, religion, parenthood and faith.

The theme of oppression and prejudice are most visible among the major characters in the film. These characters whose quest for power is relentless, are full of discrimination and oppression. For instance the leader of Five Fishes, Rolf, pliably admits to Theo that the only reason why he wants to be a rebel is to safeguard his own power, contrary to the other group members. To retain his power, Rolf is willing to use his outstanding ability as the leverage for overthrowing the dictator, Xan Lippat in order to be England’s new ruler. Xan, who is the Warden of England, also portrays the theme of quest for power extensively through his own affirmations and ruthlessness. This is contrary to his confession that he no longer enjoys being Endland’s ruler. On the contrary, Theo initially shows disinterest in fighting for power but eventually expresses the quest for power after he resigns from being Xan’s advisor. This is after being humiliated from the council of governance.

As the fight for power continues, the human race has also been affected by an unending cycle of death, which drives each person’s desire for survival. The world has been emaciated by populace sterility, hence leaving the outstanding generation to gradually witness the human extinction. Reasonably, all humanity realizes that children are the future of the next generation and the purpose to leave a legacy. If children do not exist then there is no purpose of struggling to survive or acting towards a modernized society. The complete lack of births worldwide might result in a dystopian society such as that depicted in the film. Recently, death rates have continuously decreased due to social awareness and birth control. In The Children of Men, births stopped completely which led to the collapse of civilization. This is not directly experienced in the modern society; however, individuals believe that the present society is deteriorating to a more common mindset and a less rational age.

The most important principles for the rest of humanity is the inherent need for survival especially when people realize their vulnerability to death. Each person shows they would do anything to make their lives more secure, a mindset which escalates the hatred of the Britons towards refugees. This is because of the fallacious belief that the refugees are a threat to the natives’ safety. The theme of faith and religion also plays a crucial role in the film as its implications can easily be portrayed, For example, infertility results to the conclusion that the population is under God’s punishment for some reason and the people resort to asking for forgiveness and redemption. Contrariwise, Kee’s miraculous pregnancy reminds the audience that in spite of the dark times in life, there is still hope in faith.

Infertility in the film is perceived as the adversity that has befallen the society for two decades makes humans feel helpless as the population wait to become extinct due to the absence of kids. The film portrays an era full of parenthood heartbreaks and the significance of childhood, emphasized by the miserable dread of a world deprived of children. This case further relates to the modern society due to civilization, as people are inventing on ways how to lessen high birth and death rates. For instance, the introduction of family planning and child care has notably reduced birth rates. Nevertheless, innovation is not introduced with an aim of causing infertility but to avert human extinction.