Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Children of Men

I just watched this great thought-provoking movie called Children of Men.
The Year 2027:The Last Days of the Human Race. No Child Has Been Born for 18 Years. He Must Protect Our Only Hope. No children. No future. No hope.In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, disillusioned Theo (Clive Owen) becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover (Julianne Moore) to escort a young pregnant woman out of the country as quickly as possible. In this thrilling race against time, Theo will risk everything to deliver the miracle the whole world has been waiting for.
Have you noticed that most futuristic movies paint the future as bleak and with a sense of hopelessness?
Futuristic movies like The Matrix, The Terminator, Waterworld, Independence Day, 12 Monkeys, Fifth Element, The postman, Armageddon and Battlefield Earth & the list goes on forever. I honestly can't think of a movie where the future is a better place. Can you?
On top of that think of all the crazy things happening around the world. Just this week I read in the paper about a drive-by shooting in Sydney, school yard bashings and rapes being taped with mobile phones and Andrew Johns retiring from footy. lol.
In the last 5 years there has been so much war around the many natural disasters. Sept 11 was definitely a turning point in the way we view the world around us.
In this movie, "Children of Men", the world has fallen apart and only "England marches on", the main theme in the movie is that there is hopelessness in the world. No one can fall pregnant and the youngest person is 18 years old. No one feels there is any purpose to living because there is no future for the world. Because of this feeling the world turns to anarchy. Hope returns when one women is found pregnant.
In our world the sense of hopelessness among people especially the young is increasing. we now see a world that surrounds us and is pumped through the media that is full of terrorism, war, pain, death, famine, violence, family breakdown, wars and Global warming and natural disasters.
When I've talked to students in Scripture classes I've often asked them, do they think the world is getting better or worse? Without objection they always answer "worse".
What hope is there for the world with everything that is happening around us!!??!
I believe that Christians have a timely message. With Jesus there is a hope for the future.
In fact the bible says, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains." However the bible says there is hope. That hope we need to shine to the world!


Livi said...

Sounds like an interesting movie!

You're right about all the futuristic movies - they all make out that the future is dark, horrible, bleak and scary! Even fictional books about the future paint the future in that way - had to read several ones like that at school and didn't do much to lift one's thoughts about the future!

It is interesting why they all seem to see the future this way!

Nomes said...

Hey Liv,

You reminded me I had to read "Z for Zachariah" which was a really freaky and depressing book, not to mention DULL BORING AND TORTUROUS!!!

Who puts those kinds of books on the list anyway????

I think when people lose a sense of HOPE in mankind, they can only imagine despair and create a world around that.

Rinni said...

Erck, I had to read 'Z for Zachariah' too in high school - it's probably one of the worst books I've ever had the misforturne to read. Yuck! That and 'Animal Farm'!

Lucas Parry said...

I need to watch this!