The Impact of Death and Fatalism in a World without Children

Children of Men, a story about the lack of children.  Years into the future women become infertile and our population begins to dwindle as time moves forward.  Age discrimination is at an all-time high, where your youth can be your only claim to fame, and every other lost soul clings to their beloved canine companion.  The strangest thing yet, is when there is no new life, death has an even darker shade.

As I watched Children of Men, I felt a sense of loss for every death in the movie more so than in other movies, and I can’t help but feel that this was intended by Alfonso Cuarón.  The premise of the film is more than enough to emphasize the impact of these deaths, as life becomes so much more fragile and multitudes more crucial as it no longer can be replenished.

At the same time, however, the tone set in the film, from our main character’s attitude to the not-so-subtle ads of “Quietus” sends a message of hopelessness, or rather, pointlessness to living.  This hopelessness is so apparent that suicide becomes an everyday topic.  Thus, it seems that true fatalism is the label of the World without a future.

And then paradigm shifts in the form of a pregnant woman named Kee, the hope for humanity, who has to be protected from the dangers of… humanity.  What is the significance of this dynamic?




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