Children of Men had a rip-roaring premise and fascinated as it unfolded. But by the end, it left me empty-handed. It's a good movie, but it didn't make me think about much beyond my own mortality - and any number of good movies (and some bad) do that.
There may be a warning sign in Children, or a sign to have faith, or both. But in its so-specific hypothetical, it answered all the questions of its universe, and left me with none for my own.
We need to be good people. We need to be better people. We need faith. We need kindness. When all else fails, we need to survive. It's worth remembering, but I knew all that already. Are there people who don't understand this that this film is meant for? Or is there more to it?
If the movie is just about the ride, then it's like The Departed. It's a good ride, but that's all. My favorite films fill me with pleasure or haunt me with pain or fear, or all of the above. To the extent that Children haunts me, it's the parts toward the beginning that do so.