“NEVER LET ME GO” (2010)
We make our own purpose in life, and in love. That is the true essence of living.
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“Never Let Me Go” is a beautiful small sci-fi story that may not be as grand or complicated as most, but is undeniably more profound. It’s lifted from the novel by Kazuo Ishigiro, and tells the story of three childhood friends from their time in a prestigious private school to the early days of their adulthood. Like any great science fiction stories, the film faces us with a lot of questions of existential dread, moral dualities, and human values, but it does so in such a way that is never forced down nor pretentious in its delivery. No, this story is more so a coming of age one, rather than the sci-fi discussion that it proposes. The attention is always in the relationship of these three characters and their own internal conflicts. Which gave the film a very personal and emotional touch into it.
As a result, the film managed to really invest me into its conflict. So much so that the story left me utterly destroyed on the inside. It is soul crunchingly sad, yet so utterly beautiful, leaving you with a blistering coldness yet touches you with a warm hand. The credit of course should be given to Romanek, who successfully managed to translate Ishigiro’s intention all so very well. Behind Romanek’s direction also stood the script by the genius sci-fi writer, Alex Garland, whom you may know better from his latter directorial works, and the simplistic yet gorgeous cinematography by Adam Kimmel. There’s also the gripping performance by Carey Mulligan, Kiera Knightley, and a pre-spiderman Andrew Garfield, which really delivered the film’s gravitas.
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I can’t really put into words the experience of watching this film. I think like any other terrific stories, “Never Let Me Go” can only be experienced first hand in order for anyone to get a grip on its greatness.
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