Never Let Me Go (2010)

It’s a small world after all! I’ve found another movie with two actresses I know have worked together before in another film! Isn’t that exciting?

Yes, I know that compared to America, Britain only has a handful of actors and actresses that are good enough for serious dramas such as Never Let Me Go, and I know that actors and actresses tend to be ‘recycled’. Not that I mind, since I like watching a wide variety of movies of my favorite actors. And I also like spotting the connections — I’ve made it into a game, actually, to find as many links as possible… such as:

  • Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley worked together in the more recent remake of Pride and Prejudice
  • This isn’t the first movie that Mulligan has worked with one of her ‘Bennet sisters’; she starred in An Education with Rosamund Pike
  • I didn’t know this, but Andrew Garfield was in The Social Network. I bought the movie because I love Facebook, but I didn’t know that Garfield was in it, too

Never Let Me Go, before it was made into a movie, is a novel based on the sci-fi idea that cloning is possible (in humans, at least). The main gist of the story is that the main characters Kathy, Tommy and Ruth, along with the other students in Hailsham boarding school and various other institutions, are clones whose main purpose in life was to provide donor organs for their Originals, the people they were cloned from.

It’s much better explained by this quote from the movie:

None of you will go to America. None of you will work in supermarkets. None of you will do anything, except live the life that has already been set out for you. You will become adults, but only briefly. Before you are old, before you are even middle aged, you will start to donate your vital organs. And sometime around your third or fourth donation, your short life will be completed.

It’s all very inhumane and my respect for my fellow humans lessened at the little bit of truth in this. I mean, they’re just kids!

The idea of clones wasn’t mentioned outright in the movie, only alluded to, which contributed to my confusion for the better part of the film. Anyway, watching it was very intense, and I feel like if I had watched it without the distraction that a busy household provides, then perhaps I would’ve cried.

Andrew Garfield was spectacular in capturing the “sensory” and “animalistic” side of him.

Carey Mulligan’s sultry voice was wonderful during the narration.

And let’s not forget Keira, who, despite my paying too much attention to her lower jaw, played Ruth very well. Her character is the one I identify with the most.

The movie is a must-watch. I recommend this to those who can put up with the slow unravelling of the plot. The love between Kathy and Tommy is admirable, though I feel like Tommy’s too focused on his mortality for it to be real for me. This movie has a lot of truth in it, and it really would make you cry.

Watch the trailer here:

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5 thoughts on “Never Let Me Go (2010)

  1. A few weeks ago I saw this movie too. I didn’t think it was great but it was nice in many ways. :-) and I like the ‘linking’-game you do. I do something similar: I like to read books which have movies based on them and then I compare them. Or if I watch a movie and notice at the end of it that it’s based on a movie, I’ll buy the book. :-)

    • That’s awesome! I don’t do that, but if by chance I come by a movie that was based from a book I’ve read, I sometimes drive the people in the cinema crazy when I talk to myself and say “Hey, that wasn’t in the book!” =D It’s an odd quirk of mine.

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