29 September 2006

Children of Men

We went to the cinema in Shrewsbury last night and I was blown away by Children of Men. I have to say that the genre of 'post-apocalyptic England' has always appealed to me, I guess partly because sometimes it feels a bit like that anyway (for instance yesterday I had a meeting in West Bromwich) and probably due to seeing things like 'Day of the Triffids' and 'Threads' on the telly at an impressionable age.

Anyway Children of Men is probably the best film I have seen for absolutely ages and you all must go and see it straight away. There were one or two minor quibbles (why didn't they shoot the tyres?) but otherwise an excellent and quite frightening portrayal of a future Britain. The treatment of 'illegals' was very close to the way it might yet go if the Daily Mail has its way, and was particularly chilling given where we were on Sunday...

'Arbeit Macht Frei'











...of which more in another post. Needless to say I found the visit to Auschwitz earlier this week extremely moving, but, as I say, more later, as I haven't got the time or emotional strength to address the many issues raised by that visit just at present.

But anyway go and see 'Children of Men' it is an excellent film with some very good acting (even by Michael Caine). Lots of clever bits - the 'Ministry of Art' with 'Guernica' and a pink pig at the Battersea Power Station - the deserted school - and so-on. More than one Pink Floyd reference too.

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