In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “Tight and confidently made from top to bottom,”
“I can’t really remember when I last had any hope, and I certainly can’t remember when anyone else did either.”
Is a bright future boring? As I started to watch Children of Men, I realised that there are very few movies where the future is a happy place. I guess if you take the McFly family’s situation out of it, the 2015 of Back to the Future Part II is pretty cool and looks like a nice enough place to live. But the majority of movies about the future end up with “wasteland”, or “dystopia” or, “post-apocalyptic” in their description. And another thing I’ve noticed about these depressing predictions is, the closer to our own reality the dystopian, post-apocalyptic wastelands are, the scarier they are. Which is why the reality of Children of Men is what makes it so compelling.
A decade or so from now, the world’s in rough shape. Women mysteriously became infertile 18 years ago and civilization has crumbled everywhere. The only country with any sort of or order left is England. But paranoia about refugees and growing unrest has turned it into a police state, shut off from the outside. While Theo (Clive Owen) used to be an activist, he’s now living the mundane life of a paper pushing bureaucrat. But he’s dragged back into his old life by estranged wife, Julian (Julianne Moore). (more…)