Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
I agree, Children of Men was quite an achievement in "film-realism" (other than the floating hologram computer thingy, which was underconceptualized).
I have seen three movies (& I'll include Children of Men) that have had endings that aren't "good" or "happy" endings. I find that refreshing actually. Some only believe that movies are only there to entertain or make us feel good. Well that is an important factor, but films should also enlighten us or make us think too.
Chrildren of Men - The "hero" dies and we are left with the hope that the girl and her child is rescued and even survives. We aren't shown a sparkly, shiny beach with her and her child playing. We just have to believe that good will come from this.
There Will Be Blood - A man who never stops, never gives in and with deception, greed and murder takes himself straight to his own Hell. Not your run of the mill success story.
Cloverfield - Even when Rob tries to redeem himself and his relationship with his girlfriend, he and her die from the very people thought to protect us from anything. And we still are given questions at the end whether humanity prevailed from this attack (there were slight references to 9-11 in this movie too).
No Country for Old Men - Evil can't be stopped, it moves on and reappears like a ghost and many who fight evil will just plain give up and let another sucker to take the mantle.
All these films have a distinctive link, that some directors want to show an audience that beyond the celluloid and fantasy there is reality and that life is not anyway like the movies. Yet these films frame it in such a way that the art shines through.