In the Age of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ it’s Time to Revisit ‘Children of Men’

By Justin Morrow

Like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ the dystopia of predecessor ‘Children of Men’ is of the moment.

With the recent success ofThe Handmaid’s Tale, perhaps there’s no better time to revisit one of the finest dystopian worlds ever realized on film, Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 masterpiece, Children of Men.

Like the recent adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 The Handmaid’s Tale, Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, from 2006, is also based on a novel about dystopian futures without new life. Both films focus on fertility, or, rather, its lack. It’s fascinating that infertility (caused by some unknown environmental disaster) was an element of Atwood’s 1980s, novel as well as James’ book, published in 1993, which goes to show that the clouds have been rolling for some time now, and that there is a relationship between all of these works based on a terrifying, but very possible, vision of the near future.

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From:: No Film School