DVD: Children of Men
Famous for its long takes (there are single shots that go for around 10 minutes), this story from a dystopian future – one where there hasn’t been a new pregnancy on earth for 18 years – and the world has responded in chaos. England somehow remains exempt from these problems, but to keep itself afloat, has come to an incredibly harsh policy toward illegal immigrants.
In its trajectory, we see people do ever more terrible things to each other, culminating in a long scene at the camp where the immigrants are being sent – a truly horrific place.
Despite all of this (it reminded me of 28 days later in its presentation of London), it manages to be a redemption story of sorts. Worth watching for its cinematography, and – to some extent – its message: but not for the squeamish.