The Hero: ‘Logan’ vs. ‘Children of Men’

The Hero: ‘Logan’ vs. ‘Children of Men’


This excellent short video examines the parallel character arcs shared by the heroes in two of my favorite films: ‘Logan’ (2017) and ‘Children of Men’ (2006). By the end of both films the hero has awakened from his inner, self-confining “lie” at the outset, to a greater, redemptive “truth.” This journey the protagonists make—from lie to truth, from inner conflict and apathy to empowerment and liberation—expresses the central, underlying message, value or argument that these films make. In both films this value has to do with finding hope in the most hopeless of circumstances. More specifically, in Logan it concerns the importance of family and love; in Children of Men, the underlying value and message is one of altruism and self-sacrifice for the good of others. Highly recommended.

Courtesy of Lessons from the Screenplay

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