Malaise amidst the thrum of modernity in Children of Men

Children of Men starts out with a BANG.

Down-in-the-dumps, deep-in-his-cups Theo, played by Clive Owen, ducks into a crowded coffee shop in a bustling section of London where it just so happens no one is drinking coffee.

All eyes are glued instead to the television, where a news bulletin reveals over a cacophony of gasps and sobs that the…