Children Of Men & 300
Based on the novel by P.D. James this film explores a world in the not too distant future where infertility brings our civilization to its knees.
I appreciated the fact that Britain was chosen because it is a relatively manageable sized place that could conceivably lock down...unlike the USA or Canada which would be impossible to shut down.
This film explores the many themes that I love to rant about on my blog and transports us to the future where everything from xenophobia to pollution is explored. I thought that the infertility of mankind and the implications of that specific blight was an amazing avenue to explore.
On top of this all immigrants are rounded up and deported in an effort to preserve what little is left of the world we know.
A heavy handed government wields a gigantic armed force of soldiers and police to protect itself.
There are thousands of castaways fighting back and making what is left of London and the countryside a very dangerous place to live.
Of course there is the prerequisite enclave of a pristine 'Upperclassic Park' that is maintained beyond the reach of the great unwashed who are roaming the streets and subways in various gangs, ethnic hideouts, and underground militant factions.
It is not as out there as 28 Days Later (sorry no zombies) just desperate people reduced to taking extreme measures in order to survive.
As always the miraculous birth of child
(Hollywood only has 3 story lines..
the boy meets girl,
buddy movie and
the solitary saviour theme)
sends our very flawed hero, brilliant, everyman, Clive Owen, on an amazing excursion through insurmountable odds.
A video game like slaughterfest with slo-mo decapitations and frame by frame battle scenes detailing a historic battle between the crazy Spartans and the empire building Persians.
This is a visually stunning computer enhanced (blue/green screen) movie that retells of a historic encounter of freemen against tyranny..
in full comic (graphic novel) hyperbole.
For those of you who enjoy stylised war movies this is your baby!
I was actually relieved that it wasn't ridiculously dumbed down and that an honest effort to bring in some dramatic elements was made.
If you liked Sin City chances are you will enjoy 300.
Those of us who love period & costume pieces that are resplendent in historical settings know all too well that we can't always be choosy. While watching 300 I recognised several 'nods' to other recent time travelling movies like Gladiator (Golden Fields), Alexander (Horse Rearing) and Troy (Spear leap).
I was enthralled by the sheer spectacle and having grown up with the Films of Directors such as Sam Peckinpah/Scorcese/Tarantino/and the endless parade of others..sheesh..
I have been clinically desensitized enough to be able to just sit back and cheer for the Greek underdogs.
If you have ever read anything about how ferocious the Spartans were you will appreciate the the efforts made to bolster the authenticity of this movie.
I always enjoy intelligent or stylish movies that delve into either an unfriendly future or look back at our savage past. Both of these films were easily two of the most powerful cinematic journeys that I have ever taken in recent years.
DO YOU ANTICIPATE A CATASTROPHIC FUTURE
OR A GRUESOME REPEAT OF THE PAST
OR ARE WE DESTINED TO JUST PLOD ALONG?