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I saw Children of Men last night...

...and the best way to sum up my reaction is, it's given me a new appreciation of Æon Flux.

The characters are uniformly flat. Kee (Claire-Hope Ashitey), the woman on whose miraculous pregnancy the story supposedly turns, is little more than a big-bellied MacGuffin. Julianne Moore is around just long enough to make you wonder why she bothered to do this movie. Chiwetel Ejiofor shows us what a charmless, underwritten version of Firefly's Operative might be like. Michael Caine, phoning in his role as an aging British hippie, repeats the phrase "Pull my finger!" until a merciful gunman puts him out of our misery. As for Clive Owen, about the best I can say is that he broods real pretty.

And then there's the plot. Instead of exploring the potentially interesting implications of its premise -- a world with near-zero human fertility rates -- C.o.M. expends most of its creative energy on yet another cautionary tale about declining civil liberties in the West. Look, I'm as concerned about freedom in the post-9/11 world as anyone, but this is getting really tedious -- not the theme itself, but the utterly safe and predictable way in which films like this deal with it. Couldn't we please have a fresh angle? How about an SF movie set in Saudi Arabia, with a pregnant Shi'a human rights advocate on the run from the religious police?

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morbid_o
Apr. 3rd, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen CoM yet,. but Aeon Flux was far better than I was expecting. It tied in with both the cartoon series and the shorts rather well, while still meeting the qualifications of a mass-market film. That said, it still wasn't great :)
nolly
Apr. 4th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
How about an SF movie set in Saudi Arabia, with a pregnant Shi'a human rights advocate on the run from the religious police?

Have you read lmarley's Terrorists of Irustan? It's not a movie, nor exactly that plot, but close enough that you might like it. (And predates 9/11, too.)
matt_ruff
Apr. 4th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
I'll have to keep an eye out for it.
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