Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Saturday, February 17, 2007  

"So what would happen to us all, psychologically, if the end of the world was at hand? Danny Huston's mandarin tells Theo that he personally gets by from day to day by simply not thinking about what is happening, and his stunned, bleak acquiescence in the creeping horror of global death is symptomatic of the vast spiritual sterility which ushered in the catastrophe in the first place....

"But what CuarĂ³n's film suggests is that despair and disgust would manifest themselves overwhelmingly in tyranny. A mass, irrational longing for punishment would gather; checks and restraints on the political classes' natural tendency towards repression would be removed, and our energy to resist the agencies of the state would be eroded."

-- Not with a bang but a whimper: from Peter Bradshaw's review of Children of Men, the best film I've seen so far this year.

posted by Jonathan | 11:08 PM 2 comments


Have to agree with you there, Jonty.

By Anonymous Georgia/Caribbean Free Radio, at 8:53 PM  

It was completely and scarily convincing, that film. I was really impressed by the cinematography; it was so extremely *right* for the story that was being told.

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