Jan. 17th, 2007


Went to see Children of Men tonight. It's the movie with Clive Owen, set in a not-so distant future, where civilization is crumbling and women can no longer become pregnant. Without giving any spoilers away, I thought for a long time on the best adjectives to describe what I saw. They all seem inadequate.

Shattering? Yes, most definitely. I was stunned. Mikey and I didn't say one word to each other until we were in the car after leaving the theater. That word? "Wow."

Horrific? The scenes in the movie are so plausible, that I could easily see them happening now.

I don't think I breathed during the last 20 minutes of the movie. It was that tense.

When it was over, I wanted to go be alone somewhere and cry, out of both a sense of sheer hopelessness and optimism tangled together. I was physically tired from watching it all unfold.

Clive was eye-candy, to be sure, but the world-weary, bone-tired exhaustion, both mentally and physically, were portrayed with absolute skill. When he walked, you could just tell he was a man at the end of his rope - physically, spiritually, socially... it was an amazing performance.

There is a scene with him in the foreground to one side, and a conversation in the background, to the right, on the other side of a wall, that just tore me apart. He is leaning against that wall, listening to them talk (they don't know he's there), and he is the topic of conversation. His body language and facial expressions were gut-wrenching to watch.

And those last 20 minutes? I think it's some idea of the terror the civilians in Iraq must feel when caught in a cross-fire. It is amazingly tense.

I cannot recommend this movie enough. It's not pretty, it's not sweet, it's very depressing, and yet, hopeful as well.

I'd really love to hear what y'all think of it, if it affected you like it did me.



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