The facial expressions and the dramatic tension created by them and the setting make this a very creative and cleverly conceived theme. I also like the perspective- up and down-forward and backward-,and the composition of the image elements which clearly states and highlights the theme.
Both are striking images telling a good story. A lot of work went into integrating all the elements. This one does a better job with edges and shadows (although there is a problem with the rices). The other one has some problems with knockout edges and shading.