Friday, January 12, 2007

the sacredness of life

I just got home from the movies. I went with my sister to see Children of Men tonight. It was an amazing film. I don't quite know how to describe it. I want to call it beautiful, but it was so disturbing at the same time. So we'll call it a beautifully disturbing film. There's plenty of social commentary to be had about this movie, but I'm not going to go to far into that. I'll suffice to say, it reiterates how beautiful life is, and how much of a treasure, a gift life is.

I think that in today's world we take life for granted. We forget about the complexity of a heart that beats, lungs that breathe, a voice to cry with, muscles to laugh with. Life becomes about material possessions, who has more of a right to live and where that right to live is, who's tougher, who's accomplished more, who has earned the right to live more. But when it comes down to that, none of it matters in the end. What matters is that we are given the gift of life and that we have the chance to experience what that means. Children of Men did an amazing job of showing what can happen when the gift of life is taken away and when we forget about what life has to offer. The sounds that life has to offer. The sound of children.

As good as this movie was, I think it will be the last time I watch it. It is highly disturbing, but well worth seeing. It was filmed beautifully. To me it seemed the perfect cross of 28 Days Later (sans the zombies) and The Pianist....set 20 years in the future. And I had the unexpected but pleasant surprise of seeing Michael Caine in this movie who does an amazing job as usual. All of the acting was great.

But for now, I will put my temporarily philosophical head to rest and await another day. Mindless ranting to resume tomorrow I'm sure :)


Pamela said...

jeez chris, this is alot of work to post a comment.
but anyway, the movie was excellent. Except for the fact that when I left I was waiting for an anvil to fall on the hood of the car. I agree with the 28 days later comment, while we were watching the movie I told my friend "this is just like a zombie movie, but the undead are alive". I don't particularily want to watch it over and over again, but I need to check out some of the insane camera shots again (that kind of stuff is growing on me-maybe I'm in school for the wrong thing). The second to last scene where it is one smooth shot, with fricken blood on the camera was so cool from the production standpoint.
and the turkish people had rite aid rxs hahaha.
but yeah, I'm going to shut up now that I geeked out. . . . .

Chris said...

yeah, I know exactly the scene you're talking about. The blood on the camera caught my eye too. I also know what you mean about waiting for an anvil to fall on your car, lol. I'm driving around after waiting for a missile to hit me and got very afraid of every cop car I saw. Oh no, it's big brother!

Pamela said...

just remember to use the car door/motorcycle trick.
I love clive owen.