History Film / ChildrenOfMen

8th Feb '18 3:03:15 PM Capra
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* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: The scene with the mob chasing the car and being covered up by the media seems like a random plot device to provide a reason for [[spoiler: Julian dying]], however there is explanation from both the novel and earlier versions of the script. The youngest generation, (called Omegas in the novel and Zeds in early drafts of the script), go on random sprees of chaos and violence throughout the country, as since they are the last generation of humans in existence, they feel they have nothing to lose. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that The Fishes paid the Zeds to carry out the attack, and one of the motorcycle gunmen was Patric]].

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* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: The scene with the mob chasing the car and being covered up by the media seems like a random plot device to provide a reason for [[spoiler: Julian dying]], however there is an explanation from both the novel and earlier versions of the script. The youngest generation, generation (called Omegas in the novel and Zeds in early drafts of the script), script) go on random sprees of chaos and violence throughout the country, as since country. As they are the last generation of humans in existence, they feel they have nothing to lose. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that The Fishes paid the Zeds to carry out the attack, and one of the motorcycle gunmen was Patric]].



-->'''Theo:''' Come on though, Baby Diego? The guy was a wanker.

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-->'''Theo:''' Come on on, though, Baby Diego? The guy was a wanker.



* BittersweetEnding: The optimistic interpretation. Depending on how you look at it, Theo either succumbs to his wounds or passes out from blood loss. Either way, Kee and her Baby are alive, and The Human Project is definitely real, giving Humanity a fighting chance at survival.

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* BittersweetEnding: The optimistic interpretation. Depending on how you look at it, Theo either succumbs to his wounds or passes out from blood loss. Either way, Kee and her Baby baby are alive, and The Human Project is definitely real, giving Humanity a fighting chance at survival.



** Syd breaks government protocol by allowing the protagonists to enter Bexhill in exchange for a large amount of Jaspers weed.

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** Syd breaks government protocol by allowing the protagonists to enter Bexhill in exchange for a large amount of Jaspers Jasper's weed.



* CrapsackWorld: No babies are being born, dooming humanity to a slow but inevitable extinction. As a result, society has completely broken down, with pretty much the entire world being turned into nuclear wastelands or lawless war zones. Britain, possibly the only remaining pocket of civilization left, is a horribly authoritarian and xenophobic dystopia. Argentina, the only other nation hinted at being at least moderately stable is no better, as "Baby Diego", the youngest person in the world, is stabbed to death in Buenos Aires at the start of the film simply for ''refusing to sign an autograph''. The situation has gotten so bad that Theo tells Japser he thinks it doesn't matter if a cure for global infertility is ever found, as the world is already beyond salvaging.

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* CrapsackWorld: No babies are being born, dooming humanity to a slow but inevitable extinction. As a result, society has completely broken down, with pretty much the entire world being turned into nuclear wastelands or lawless war zones. Britain, possibly the only remaining pocket of civilization left, is a horribly authoritarian and xenophobic dystopia. Argentina, the only other nation hinted at being at least moderately stable is no better, as "Baby Diego", the youngest person in the world, is stabbed to death in Buenos Aires at the start of the film simply for ''refusing to sign an autograph''. The situation has gotten so bad that Theo tells Japser Jasper he thinks it doesn't matter if a cure for global infertility is ever found, as the world is already beyond salvaging.



*** A bombing carried out by the Fishes is Liverpool, which killed dozens of civilians.

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*** A bombing carried out by the Fishes is in Liverpool, which killed dozens of civilians.



* HeWentThatWay: Discussed. Jasper intents to pull this trick on the Fishes to throw them off Theo and Kee's tracks. [[spoiler:[[SacrificialLamb Sadly, he doesn't get a chance to execute his plan.]]]]

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* HeWentThatWay: Discussed. Jasper intents intends to pull this trick on the Fishes to throw them off Theo and Kee's tracks. [[spoiler:[[SacrificialLamb Sadly, he doesn't get a chance to execute his plan.]]]]



* HumansAreBastards: The bulk of humanity is shown to have become this trope. Though the trope is touched on in the book, the film version places way more emphasis on it. In both though, humans, being unable to mentally cope with being able stave off human extinction, use the worldwide infertility as an excuse card to commit all sorts of horrible behavior.
** And even when faced with the fact that humanity stands a chance at having children again, humans are still just as horrible. This is best showcased in the film by the BlastOut trope example above not to mention [[spoiler:the Fishes]] and [[spoiler:Syd]] who want to exploit Kee's baby for their own personal gains.

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* HumansAreBastards: The bulk of humanity is shown to have become this trope. Though the trope is touched on in the book, the film version places way more emphasis on it. In both though, both, however, humans, being unable to mentally cope with being able unable to stave off human extinction, use the worldwide infertility as an excuse card to commit all sorts of horrible behavior.
behaviors.
** And even when faced with the fact that humanity stands a chance at having children again, humans are still just as horrible. This is best showcased in the film by the BlastOut trope example above above, not to mention [[spoiler:the Fishes]] and [[spoiler:Syd]] who want to exploit Kee's baby for their own personal gains.



** ...But also played straight in that no matter what uniforms they're wearing, they're still rounding up minorities, locking them in ruined cities that have been converted into ghettos, and exterminating them. Not to mention the use of The Libertines' "Arbeit Macht Frei" in conjunction with images of the government executing people. The intended message is also a criticism of present right-wing anti-immigration hysteria, though.

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** ...But also played straight in that no matter what uniforms they're wearing, they're still rounding up minorities, locking them in ruined cities that have been converted into ghettos, and exterminating them. Not to mention the use of The Libertines' "Arbeit Macht Frei" in conjunction with images of the government executing people. The intended message is also a criticism of present right-wing anti-immigration hysteria, though.hysteria.



** [[AvertedTrope Not all instances of the continuous shots are, though]]-while it required an almost obsessive viewing of the film, a few very minor blips here and there show that some editing of multiple shots was involved.

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** [[AvertedTrope Not all instances of the continuous shots are, though]]-while though]]- while it required an almost obsessive viewing of the film, a few very minor blips here and there show that some editing of multiple shots was involved.



* SafeZoneHopeSpot: The final destination for the MacGuffinEscortMission is to bring Kee in contact with a mysterious, non-governmental group called the "Human Project", supposedly based in the Azores. This group is sought to be humanity last hope for curing infertility. We never learn if they manage to live up to that expectation.

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* SafeZoneHopeSpot: The final destination for the MacGuffinEscortMission is to bring Kee in contact with a mysterious, non-governmental group called the "Human Project", supposedly based in the Azores. This group is sought thought to be humanity humanity's last hope for curing infertility. We never learn if they manage to live up to that expectation.



* UnspecifiedApocalypse: We don't know why mass infertility happened. The director Creator/AlfonsoCuaron even stated that he doesn't like backstories in his movies. Furthermore, the book this movie is based on didn't reveal the cause of mass infertility either.

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* UnspecifiedApocalypse: We don't know why mass infertility happened. The director Creator/AlfonsoCuaron even stated that he doesn't like backstories in his movies. Furthermore, the book this movie is based on didn't reveal the cause of mass infertility infertility, either.



* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Froley if it's a boy, Bazooka if it's a girl. [[spoiler:Though she finally settles on [[GenderBlenderName Dylan]], to honor Theo's dead son.]]

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* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Froley if it's a boy, Bazooka if it's a girl. [[spoiler:Though she [[spoiler: She finally settles on [[GenderBlenderName Dylan]], to honor Theo's dead son.]]
14th Nov '17 6:54:28 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* SuicidePill: Quietus, a government-distributed suicide pill for anyone that doesn't want to wait for society to collapse on its own. Jasper uses one on his wife just before sacrificing his life to delay the Fishes.



* ATruceWhileWeGawk: At the climax of the film.

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* ATruceWhileWeGawk: At the climax of the film.film when Kee's baby is seen by everyone. Then someone pops off an RPG and the fighting resumes.



* UrbanSegregation: Although most of 2027 London appears far scruffier and more ramshackle than present-times, there are clearly enclaves within the city where a [[GoodOldWays gentrified lifestyle]] still exists-although these once-public areas are clearly now highly restricted. When Theo travels in a Rolls Royce to visit Nigel at Battersea, he goes through a check-point clearance gate at Admiralty Arch and travels down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. During the journey, it appears as if the area around the Palace, St. James' Park and Green Park is physically unchanged, although it has now become an exclusive gated enclave where people relax in the parks, walk dogs (as well as other more exotic animals) and listen to a brass band play whilst the Household Cavalry process by.

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* UrbanSegregation: Although most of 2027 London appears far scruffier and more ramshackle than present-times, there are clearly enclaves within the city where a [[GoodOldWays gentrified lifestyle]] still exists-although exists -- although these once-public areas are clearly now highly restricted. When Theo travels in a Rolls Royce to visit Nigel at Battersea, he goes through a check-point clearance gate at Admiralty Arch and travels down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. During the journey, it appears as if the area around the Palace, St. James' Park and Green Park is physically unchanged, although it has now become an exclusive gated enclave where people relax in the parks, walk dogs (as well as other more exotic animals) and listen to a brass band play whilst the Household Cavalry process by.
13th Sep '17 1:34:27 PM Pete52
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** The background of Theos young nephew is told through details that can only be seen on close inspection. Likely a Zed (a member of the nihilistic, chaotic last generation of humans to be born), he is implied to have lived the reckless lifestyle given wide variety of scars and tattoos that are poorly concealed by his parents choice of smart clothing. It's implied he is in rehabilitation (since he is shown taking medication and pacified with the weird game he is playing) and furthermore is shown wearing a medical security barcode bracelet provided by the institution treating him.

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** The background of Theos young nephew is told through details that can only be seen on close inspection. Likely a Zed (a member of the nihilistic, chaotic last final generation of humans to be born), he is implied to have lived the reckless lifestyle of his peers, given wide variety the assortment of scars and tattoos that are on his body, poorly concealed by his parents fathers choice of smart clothing. It's implied he is He appears to be in rehabilitation (since he is rehabilitative therapy to quell such behaviour, being shown taking medication and pacified with the weird game a strange interactive game. Furthermore, he is playing) and furthermore is shown wearing a medical security barcode bracelet provided by the institution treating him.
13th Sep '17 1:30:43 PM Pete52
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* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: The scene with the mob chasing the car and being covered up by the media seems like a random plot device to provide a reason for [[spoiler: Julian dying]], however there is explanation from both the novel and earlier versions of the script. The youngest generation, (called Omegas in the novel and Zeds in early drafts of the script), go on random sprees of chaos and violence throughout the country, as since they are the last generation of humans in existence, they feel they have nothing to lose. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that The Fishes paid the Omegas to carry out the attack, and one of the motorcycle gunmen was Patric]].

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* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: The scene with the mob chasing the car and being covered up by the media seems like a random plot device to provide a reason for [[spoiler: Julian dying]], however there is explanation from both the novel and earlier versions of the script. The youngest generation, (called Omegas in the novel and Zeds in early drafts of the script), go on random sprees of chaos and violence throughout the country, as since they are the last generation of humans in existence, they feel they have nothing to lose. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that The Fishes paid the Omegas Zeds to carry out the attack, and one of the motorcycle gunmen was Patric]].



** The background of Theos young nephew is told through details that can only be seen on close inspection. Likely an Omega (one of the chaos driven last generation of humans to be born), he is implied to have lived the reckless lifestyle given wide variety of scars and tattoos that are poorly concealed by his parents choice of smart clothing. It's implied he is in rehabilitation (since he is shown taking medication and pacified with the weird game he is playing) and furthermore is shown wearing a medical barcode bracelet most likely provided by the institution treating him.

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** The background of Theos young nephew is told through details that can only be seen on close inspection. Likely an Omega (one a Zed (a member of the chaos driven nihilistic, chaotic last generation of humans to be born), he is implied to have lived the reckless lifestyle given wide variety of scars and tattoos that are poorly concealed by his parents choice of smart clothing. It's implied he is in rehabilitation (since he is shown taking medication and pacified with the weird game he is playing) and furthermore is shown wearing a medical security barcode bracelet most likely provided by the institution treating him.


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** Another poster in the Ministry of Energy urges employees to report any colleagues they suspect of being illegal immigrants to the authorities, in an effort to provide "British Jobs for British Workers".
13th Sep '17 1:26:26 PM Pete52
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** A special features option on the DVD shows further graphics and media, including a newspaper front page which shows that in 2018 a referendum was held in the UK regarding what the legal status of foreigners residing in the country should be. 83% of public voted for them to be considered illegal.



*** Mandatory fertility testing (seen advertised on billboards throughout the film) becoming law.



*** Hundreds of dead bodies of refugees being discovered in shipping containers entering Great Britain.

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*** A bombing carried out by the Fishes is Liverpool, which killed dozens of civilians.
*** Hundreds of dead bodies of refugees being discovered in shipping containers entering Great Britain.Britain.
*** Homeland Security confiscating weapons found in refugee camps after raids.
13th Sep '17 1:15:19 PM Pete52
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* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: The scene with the mob chasing the car and being covered up by the media seems like a random plot device to provide a reason for [[spoiler: Julian dying]], but the novel actually explains that the youngest generation, called Omegas, go on random sprees of chaos because since they are treated with high regard they view everyone who is not an Omega with disgust. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that The Fishes paid the Omegas to carry out the attack, and one of the motorcycle gunmen was Patric]].

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* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: The scene with the mob chasing the car and being covered up by the media seems like a random plot device to provide a reason for [[spoiler: Julian dying]], but however there is explanation from both the novel actually explains that and earlier versions of the script. The youngest generation, called Omegas, (called Omegas in the novel and Zeds in early drafts of the script), go on random sprees of chaos because and violence throughout the country, as since they are treated with high regard the last generation of humans in existence, they view everyone who is not an Omega with disgust.feel they have nothing to lose. [[spoiler: It is later revealed that The Fishes paid the Omegas to carry out the attack, and one of the motorcycle gunmen was Patric]].



*** The government conceding it is struggling to deal with sprees of Zed violence. Zed's are the name given to the youngest, last generation of humans (who were given more screentime/exposition in earlier versions of the script).



** A poster briefly mentions the 'Deportation and Exile Department', tasked with removing illegal immigrants from the country once they have been captured by Homeland Security.



** The 'Ministry of Energy' regulates fuel and electricity consumption throughout Britain.

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** The 'Ministry of Energy' regulates fuel and electricity consumption throughout Britain. It is where Theo works.


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* InvisiblePresident: No senior members of the British Government are ever shown or mentioned verbally, but a news ticker on the television reveals that the country is still ruled by a Prime Minister.
15th Aug '17 4:48:38 PM Pete52
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**Jasper jokes at the irony that the government is openly providing suicide kits to the public, yet the marijuana he grows is still considered illegal under current law.
15th Aug '17 4:44:07 PM Pete52
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** The background of Theos young nephew is told through details that can only be seen on close inspection. Likely an Omega (one of the chaos driven last generation of humans to be born), he is implied to have lived the reckless lifestyle given wide variety of scars and tattoos that are poorly concealed by his parents choice of smart clothing. It's implied he is in rehabilitation (since he is shown taking medication and pacified with the weird game he is playing) and furthermore is shown wearing a medical barcode bracelet most likely provided by the institution treating him.
15th Aug '17 4:29:16 PM Pete52
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*** They also show the build up to Britain becoming a totalitarian state, including placing mosques under surveillance, converting southern coastal towns into refugee camps, and finally the closing of the Channel Tunnel and declaring all foreigners illegal.

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*** They also show the build up to Britain becoming a totalitarian state, including starting with massive floods of immigration to the country, and progressing to placing mosques under surveillance, converting southern coastal towns into refugee camps, and finally the closing of the Channel Tunnel and declaring all foreigners illegal.



** Old newspapers blocking the windows of the room Theo is held in by the Fishes also reveal expository information about the current state of the world. This includes:

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** Old newspapers blocking the windows of the room Theo is held in by the Fishes also reveal large amounts of expository information about the current state of the world. This includes: includes events such as:



*** The attempt to create a fertility hormone, and the subsequent arrest of the surgeon who pioneered it when it failed and produced fatal results in human trials ('Surgeon arrested, hormone attacks: violent reaction').
*** 'Test Tube Daisy' (presumably an attempt to grow a fetus/baby outside a human body) dying.

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*** The attempt to create a fertility hormone, hormone drug, and the subsequent arrest of the surgeon who pioneered it when it failed and produced fatal results in human trials ('Surgeon arrested, hormone attacks: violent reaction').reaction', 'Fertility drug kills').
*** A scandal involving a plastic surgeon, presumably catering to the rich who want to look younger and younger in the face of extinction.
*** The death of 'Test Tube Daisy', presumably an attempt to grow a fetus/baby outside a human body.

*** 'Test Tube Daisy' (presumably an attempt to grow a fetus/baby outside a human body) dying.Hundreds of dead bodies of refugees being discovered in shipping containers entering Great Britain.



** Close ups of Theo's cigarette packet show the health warnings have changed from focusing on the risk of cancer and heart disease to warning that smoking causes "INFERTILITY, MISCARRIAGE and IMPOTENCE". It also shows they are imported into the UK under the EU Directive License 2026.

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** Close ups of Theo's cigarette packet show the health warnings have changed from focusing on the risk of cancer and heart disease to those more pertinent to the current crisis, now warning that smoking causes "INFERTILITY, MISCARRIAGE and IMPOTENCE". It also shows they are imported into the UK under the fictional EU Directive License 2026.



* LongevityTreatment: In contrast to the many who want to end their life due to the impending extinction of mankind, it is implied there is a large section of society who are trying to live for as long as possible. Throughout the movie numerous advertisements are seen for both plastic surgery (Forever Young Medical), organ replacement (The British Organ Market) and even an early version of cryogenesis.

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* LongevityTreatment: In contrast to the many who want to end their life due to the impending extinction of mankind, it is implied there is a large section of society who are trying to live for as long as possible. Throughout the movie numerous advertisements are seen for both plastic surgery (Forever Young Medical), organ replacement (The British Organ Market) Market), discount botox and even an early version of cryogenesis.
15th May '17 6:51:37 PM eroock
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