Children of Men by P.D. James – Book Review

Set in a dystopian future, the year 2021, where the entire human population has become infertile. The last generation of people born are now in their mid-twenties, and everything is starting to shut down. Theo is an Oxford scholar whose cousin, Xan, is the Warden of England, overseeing the way the country functions. Some see him as a hero and others as a tyrant. Theo ends up getting involved with a rebel group almost against his will, but when he learns that one of them is pregnant and fearful of being treated as part of Xan’s propaganda, he knows he must get her to safety.

I watched the film based on this book last year, and it is a fabulous film, and made me want to read the book. Interestingly, it takes the concept of the book, the world and the way things function, but then takes it in a slightly different direction. For me, while I enjoyed the book, I found the film explored the world in a far more complex and interesting way. But I would recommend both, for sure.




Children of Men (2006) Film Review

Children of Men

2027. All of the people in the world are infertile. The youngest human, eighteen-year-old “Baby Diego” has just been killed and everyone is mourning. Theo (Clive Owen) is suddenly and violently approached by his ex-wife Julian (Julianne Moore) to assist in getting Kee (Clare-Hope Ashitey), a young, pregnant woman to safety.

It’s an amazing thought – the human race dying out not from illness or disease but just not being able to make more. What drives people as a species to keep going? And what would really happen to the miracle – the occasional person who falls pregnant? This is not an easy film to watch. It’s violent and emotional and does not pull punches at any time. But it is wonderful, and beautiful, and I hope that I have the guts to watch it again sometime.

Children of Men was nominated for Oscars for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Alofonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby) Best Achievement in Cinematography and Best Achievement in Film Editing.