Children of Men. How well does it predict the Coming Global Shitstorm (CGS)?
20 years from now, after a series of catastrophic meltdowns, random violence, soldiers and cages full of deportees are the norm. Even though everything has gone to shit and there is no future for mankind, people still cling to their meaningless existences and get by with pills. The main character sleepily strolls past walls of soldiers protecting an artificial environment where legal citizens are still free to stumble around buying coffee. In an even more protected environment, we briefly glimpse the rich cavorting in vast picnic grounds.
Humans have carried a fascination with the end of the world for as long as they’ve had imaginations. We must, for our own survival, use our vivid imaginations to dream up scenarios where water, food and shelter cease to exist, where disease and war and pests come and take away everything. We are made that way and science fiction stories about total collapse of civilization are an outgrowth of that. I’m going to devise a theory that every sci-fi construct (zombies, time travel, alien invasion) is an outgrowth of some fundamental human discomfort.
Though it gets the CGS right, it isn’t much of a movie. There are a few important scenes, some sketches of characters and then a long drawn out action sequence at the end that is barely worth watching. The movie is excellent for its imagination of the shitstorm, though, especially the way things appear to stay the same until the shitstorm happens to you. Until it does, we’ll fastidiously maintain our lawnmower while the guy 20 yards to the east maintains his, so when one of us evaporates in tiny mushroom cloud, the other will be able to soldier on.