Ever wondered about a society that is not inhabitable for too much control or surveillance or social unrest? Could you imagine what would be the societal situation at that time? Well, it would shiver you from toe to head just by imagining the circumstances. This kind of society set in a futuristic timeline is called a Dystopia. Alfonso Cuaron’s 2006 directorial venture Children of Men is designed in a dystopian world where women are not able to produce babies anymore. I have already explained you about movie predestination. The film talks about female infertility in a futuristic dystopian world set in 2027. So, let’s discuss the five reasons in no particular order as to why you should watch this amazing film during this quarantine period. Don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers ahead.
1. The Cinematography of CHILDREN OF MEN:
I won’t be exaggerating, but the film is a visual treat. The film is shot in London and it is shot so beautifully that every frame will mesmerize you even after the end credits roll. The film is set in a futuristic dystopian society, and the cinematography gives a hundred percent justice to that.
Check out an interview of director Alfonso Cuaron where he has discussed how he directed this visually compelling film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPRHB7mODTA
2. The Theme of CHILDREN OF MEN:
The theme of the film is hope. That means even in the most unrest and disturbing circumstances, you can be hopeful of some silver lining, that is, even small little things can give you a ray of light in the times of social instability and despair.
3. The One-shot Sequences from CHILDREN OF MEN:
The movie possesses some outstanding lengthy one-shots that will leave you in awe of the director and the entire filmmaking team. It does so without getting your attention toward itself, which is the most beautiful thing about the film, and of course, the director.
4. The Acting Performances:
Clive Owen knocks it out of the park with another brilliant performance. The film comprises brilliant performances from everybody. The likes of Michael Caine, Julianne Moore and Chiwetel Ejiofer have strengthened the film even more with their rock-solid performances.
5. The Symbolisms:
The movie enriches itself with a lot of symbolisms that may create debates and discussions among moviegoers and critics alike. The fact that the film is set in a dystopian society is more fascinating than anything to watch as this genre explores authoritarian governments which rule their subjects with a single ideology. They control people in almost every aspect like technological control or loss of individualism etc. If you want to really explore a dystopian world, then you must read George Orwell’s 1984 and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 .These aren’t the only two books, there are a whole lot others but I have only read these two, but dystopian fiction fascinates more than any other genre and I can’t wait to explore it more and more. You should also read dystopian books as they make you imagine new stuff and also sometimes you will feel like these things are actually happening now in our own society, for example, internet surveillance or deterioration in freedom of speech of free media. You can almost observe it everywhere; it’s just that you have to look at the right place.
Check this video out if you want to know how to recognize a dystopia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a6kbU88wu0
Thank you guys. This is it for today’s movie recommendation. This film is available on Netflix. So, just get on the couch and enjoy this gem of a film.
Author: Som Abhisek.
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