Children of Men (2006) : Dystopia, Depression, And 1001 Emotions

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An automatic counter of the world’s current population shows 7,641,661,538 and continues to rise non-stop. Population growth is now at 1.09% per year, which means there will be 83 million people born and raised every year. If this number continues to increase, the earth will be inhabited by 9,771,822,753 people in 2050, and 10 billion people in 2056.

Of course for us it is very difficult to imagine 10 billion people sharing space on this earth. It feels suffocating and makes the chest tight, as if we are squeezed by a narrow space that is visible to the eye.

But what if the opposite happened, what if in the next few years all of humanity became barren and could not have children? Will we also feel the same suffocating, gripping, and suffocating feeling?

Inverted Dystopia With 1001 Emotions
By definition, dystopia (disˈtōpēə) is an imaginary place where all things feel uncomfortable, bad, and fall within one law that binds everyone. Most films have a dystopian tone dark color, tends to neutral, unemotional, dirty, rundown and everything about discomfort. It is for this reason that many dystopian films take on the theme of overpopulation , which can be very uncomfortable to think about.

But the film Children of Men is different from other dystopian films, it takes the theme of reverse dystopia where humans can no longer reproduce and produce offspring. Everyone becomes infertile, both women, men, teenagers, even the elderly. This situation has been going on for almost 20 years, to be exact 18 years, 4 months, 20 days, 16 hours and 8 minutes.

Although it has been going on for quite a long time, experts and scientists are still debating and can’t find a bright spot for the cause of this mass infertility. Some say gamma rays , alien acts, even punishment from God because mankind has sinned a lot. But what is clear, all women around the world can not get pregnant, and all the fetuses that are in the womb are immediately lost at the same time.

This condition makes almost all governments around the world into chaos, leaving Britain as the only country that is still stable. And in this place was found a glimmer of hope for humans, namely a woman who was pregnant without ever having had contact with a man before.

This is where Theo’s journey begins, the main character in charge of escorting Kee who is pregnant to go to an asylum ship called The Tomorrow. On the sea researchers from all over the world gather together, solve mysteries and seek solutions to infertility without political and government interference.

Until here first, is the synopsis of the story above interesting to continue to explore? In my opinion, yes, very much.

Broadly speaking, this film does have a wide and deep worldbuilding as well as detail. Since the intro of the film, we have been presented with various kinds of information about the problems that occur in this film, who the perpetrators are, what are the consequences, what solutions are offered to the role of the government in overcoming them. We are shown clearly about the grand scheme that occurs in this film, with explanations that are very easy to understand.

And interestingly, the foreshadowing that was done by the director Alfonso Cuarón was not done all at once. Everything is done gradually, by dividing it as the story progresses and using all media and film elements, starting from the background, foreground, even to the dialogue between characters that we often don’t realize.

Unlike other dystopian films that sometimes make me confused, this film makes it easy for the audience to understand the plot behind the scenes. Everything moves in one direction and at a time, running linearly naturally following the storyline without the slightest flashback scene . For me, this is certainly a plus point because in reality not many directors can do this technique well

The narrative of the story that flows very naturally can be shown beautifully by the cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki. Shooting techniques, color selection to scene timing can be executed almost perfectly. I personally feel that every scene in this film is of high quality, there is a hidden story behind it and flows smoothly until the end of the film. Literately every frame is painting .

The combination of story settings, colors, narration and interactions between characters makes us able to see very clearly every emotion that is displayed. We can feel the gloom of depression, the sadness of death, the loss of hope, and the lack of happiness directly and deeply. There are so many emotions involved in this film, and we can immediately see and feel it automatically without needing to think. Absolutely brilliant.