Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men is a dystopian film set in the near future, the year 2027. The film is based on P.D. James’s 1992 book of the same name.
The society depicted in the film is going through a (global) infertility crisis and financial depression. Most of the governments in the world have collapsed, with the UK having one of the few stable ones left, functioning as a police state. The main character, Theo, is basically abducted by a militant immigrant’s rights group (led by his estranged ex-wife), and when the group comes across a refugee that they learn is pregnant, Theo must decide if he wants to go along with their plan to use the baby as a political tool or protect the mother and child from potential harms. Theo ultimately decides to protect them, and dies trying to get the mother and unborn child away from the war that had broken out in England.
Is this a realistic society?
I think this very well could be a realistic society, especially in the aftermath of the coronavirus and the economy having to basically restart itself. I don’t know if it could go so far as to become a police state, but I think that a lot of people will hold off on starting families and having kids due to financial instability.
How does this fit our definition of a dystopia?
This is a dystopian society because people live in a constant state of fear, not just for their own lives, but for human existence as a whole. The threat of extinction is all too real in this film. People are not able to live the life they want because the police are closely monitoring the community. The society is in the middle of a war, which has a huge impact on the lives of each character in the film.