The Last Days
Children of Men – 2006
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have somehow become infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
“Children of Men” is a 2006 dystopian action thriller film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and co-written by Cuarón and four other writers. The screenplay is based on P. D. James' 1992 novel “The Children of Men”. The film is set in 2027, where two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. Asylum seekers seek sanctuary in the United Kingdom, where they are subjected to detention and refoulement by the government.
The film follows the story of Theo, a disillusioned ex-activist turned bureaucrat, who is forced to face his own demons and protect the planet's last remaining hope for a future generation. The world's youngest citizen has just died at age 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, the movie follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth.
The conditions that led to infertility in the film are not explicitly stated, but there are some hints. The film suggests that all women are infertile, while the original novel by P.D. James suggests that all men produce no sperm. However, the film does not reveal the exact cause of infertility, and it is left to the audience's interpretation. The film's source material, P.D. James' novel, has an overtly more theological hue to it, and it has been suggested that the infertility is a result of godlessness.
The film's infertility crisis is a unique form of apocalypse, not brought about by nuclear war, rampant AI, or alien invasion, but by human infertility.
In the film, asylum seekers seek sanctuary in the United Kingdom because it is the only surviving society in a collapsing world. The film is set in 2027, where two decades of human infertility have left society on the brink of collapse. The world has descended into chaos, economies have collapsed, wars have broken out, and terrorist bombings are almost unremarkable. The result is an unprecedented migrant crisis, with mass deportations and refugee camps that share a visual language with Holocaust films. The savage government hunts down immigrants and cages them like animals in order to deport them back to the hell they came from. The film's refugees are positioned as the scum of society and treated with horrible animosity. The film's source material, P.D. James' novel, describes what happens when society is unable to reproduce, using male infertility to explain this problem. The novel makes it clear that hope depends on future generations.
- Timothy J. Sexton
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