0 out of 0 users found this helpful A story a little past its prime. . .
This was a well made, well acted movie. No question. The PD James story it was based on was wonderful as a story, in its prime, but doesnt really make it-- as it is told-- in the contemporary world. The premise of pandemic infertility is a potent one. . . yet theres no explanation, no plausibility, and in reality, no believability. A big premise to suspend disbelief on. . . and since its the heart of the movie, it undermines a great deal here. People these days know more about genetics and reproduction. . . about infertility and its causes. . . and dont blindly accept such premises without plausible explanations. There just arent any for this premise.
That said, the acting was great, the photography was marvelous, the ending appropriate. . . and it didnt awe or instruct me. The whole-- Britain as the only sane, civilized place left on the planet was a little laughable. But then, thats the shopworn British conceit (delusion) of their superiority. (For those who didnt get it. . . Britain was the only place left with credible civilization and so people from all over the crumbled and chaotic world were screaming and dodging butllets to get into Britain. . . ironically, to be safe.) Freedom fighters found that offensive and have launched a resistance. The policy and the resistance movement it spawned make no sense in a world with a steep population decline.
See, all of this one could suspend disbelief for in a short story some years ago. . . but in a movie made for a modern, scientifically literate society, such a plot has holes the size of the Atlantic Ocean in it. At the risk of being a literary phillistine I say they should have updated the story. . . pushed it further into the future and made infertility the problem and made the girl carrying a twinning gene or something.
Hey, it was just a suggestion!
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