Sunday, 29 July 2012

Never Let Me Go: Love, Death … And Clones …

You know, I have to be honest, it’s not THAT often I watch a chick flick, I really don’t.

No, seriously, I don’t.

But I had the night to myself, last night.

And had a copy of Never Let Me Go going spare: arguably something of a chick flick.

But arguably, quite good: whatever gender it’s aimed at.


Set in an alternative Earth, Never Let Me Go is narrated by Carey Mulligan as Kathy H: a carer reliving memories of her childhood at a very unusual private school, in Hailsham, Surrey.

One that — as a teacher tells Kathy and her classmates, Tommy and Ruth — is in existence to bring up clones as organ donors, doomed to die — or complete — at a young age, after roughly three to four organ donations.

The film follows Kathy growing up: as her, Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) move from the school, and move to cottages maintained by their creators.

Growing up … 

Growing up, and forming relationships that come, eventually, to tragic ends … 


Now, I called this a chick flick, didn’t I … ?

That’s possibly doing Never Let Me Go a disservice, given the term can be a touch derogatory.

However, Never Let Me Go is definitely told from a very different angle from most science fiction films, dealing with the character’s emotions rather than hard-core problem-solving and alien-zapping.

And it’s all the better — chick flick or otherwise —for that …
Never Let Me Go

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