Never Let Me Go is a British film based on a book by Kazuo Ishiguro and Directed by Mark Romanek. The film is set in a sort of parallel world where events happen at different times as this one. In 1952 there was a medical breakthrough that allowed the human life-span to reach over 100 years. However this ‘medical breakthrough’ comes with a price. The central characters are clones, created purely to provide organs for regular humans. The children attend a strange and strict school called Hailsham. Once the children grow older, they leave the school to go to a sort of halfway house where they wait until they are old enough to donate. The story follows the love triangle between Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfeild) and Ruth (Keira Knightly) and how they deal with and are affected by their ‘lives’ as clones, who have an ultimate destiny, to ‘complete’.
This film focuses almost entirely on the three characters. You’ll only get enough information of what is going on around them that you need. However the character development and acting of the brilliant cast are so good you don’t need to know much else. The story is told from the perspective of Kathy H. (Mulligan) but you feel connected to all three characters, the innocence of these characters who have lived a sheltered life, although different to the lives we lead, allow us to connect so well. It’s refreshing to see a film that seems completely down to earth and yet have a hint of Sci-Fi.
The film is visually amazing and the fact that these characters are so good makes this movie well worth the money paid for a ticket.
Never Let Me Go: Average