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Review: Never Let Me Go

By Michelle Kuester–
Never Let Me Go is the film adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Kazuo Ishiguro. The film version was directed by Mark Romanek and stars Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield, and Carey Mulligan as three students at a boarding school in England. The three – Ruth, Tommy, and Kathy – grow up together and eventually form a love triangle as the film progresses.

It sounds like a pretty stereotypical film; however, it is actually a dystopian story set in contemporary England. The three are merely clones who were made to donate their vital organs to the wealthy. All of the students at their boarding school and other boarding schools throughout the area were made for this purpose.

While the movie is not overly graphic (there is one operating scene), the idea itself is kind of sickening to some viewers. However, if you can get over the grossness of the situation, the movie presents some interesting views on the value of life and what is considered life. It is guaranteed to make you think long after the movie is over.

Despite sounding like a science fiction movie, the emphasis is not placed on that aspect. What is really called out is the relationship between the three and how they grow up knowing what they are made for. I would recommend it to those who enjoy thought-provoking movies and dystopian ideas. Overall, I found this to be a fascinating albeit at times sickening movie.