More About Children of Men

February 2, 2007

(This entry comes from a post I wrote on somebody’s forum last week. These reposting, I find, save me a lot of time by making me feel like I’ve blogged without taking up so much of my time. If they’re bugging you somehow, I promise new posts will happen once I’m past this one deadline.)

I came out of it saying that it wasn’t great futurism, but in hindsight I’m doubting my own opinion. There are little details in scanner technology and media interfaces, but not much else — because how diligently will humanity pursue new tech when it doesn’t believe it has a future?

The conceit, while undeniably unlikely, is also brilliant. (It is, in my opinion, the conceit which is the only really stand-out element in the novel.) It’s a great archetypal absense that just about everyone can imagine would be haunting, alien and catastrophic, whereas if this was just another future where we run out of oil (or land, or whatever), we’d spend more time arguing with ourselves over whether or not that’d be so bad. Thank heavens there’s no attempt to explain why such an unlikely — and uniquely human in both origin and effect — natural disaster occured.

The real futurism in Children of Men, though, comes from camera trickery. The scene in the car with the attacking vandals and the whole last reel of the film are stunningly shot in ways simply not possible before. In one case, this is due to camera rigs, in the other it’s due to modern editing capabilities.

I dug it.



  1. Hey man, however you get the content up works for me. I like hearing what you have to say and I don’t hang out in the comments of your other friends’ blogs.

    I very much want to see Children of Men. I hope this weekend I will be able to steal away to the theater.

  2. I think the movie is futuriticly great..

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