I haven’t talked about a dystopian movie in a couple of weeks, so I decided to talk about one of my favorites today. “Never Let Me Go” is not a movie that I’ve seen recently, but it is one that I find myself constantly thinking about, and so I thought I’d quickly explain why exactly I felt so strongly about this movie.
“Never Let Me Go” is based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, and without being too spoiler-y, it follows three children who grow up to be Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley. They live in a time after a medical breakthrough that allows people to live to be over 100 years old, at a cost that many young people have to pay. This is a very bare-bones storyline, but I think that going into this movie not knowing a lot about it makes up for a stronger experience.
Now, I enjoy dystopian movies in many forms. I like the whole weirdly technological scenarios, and I also enjoy the quietly oppressive systems that are usually seen in these types of fiction works. However, this movie is really different from everything else I’ve seen in this genre. There is no big bad villain, and there are no wars or revolutions happening. Everything looks disturbingly normal, and it never attempts to deal with the scientific ins and outs of the situation, but instead the movie focuses on the human relations and aspects of it. They discuss love, death, loss and the existence of a soul in such a sensitive way that I found myself reaching for some tissues during most of the movie.
The movie is narrated by Kathy (Carey Mulligan), and this narration is a big part of why it works so well. Mulligan brings a depth to her character and to the story that made me instantly connect with it, but I do have to say that I could listen to Carey Mulligan read a phone book and still be enthralled. I watched this movie in a time when I was deeply obsessed with Andrew Garfield, and I do think it’s one of his best performances up until now (this and “Boy A”, which I’ll talk about soon!). I feel kind of protective about Garfield and whenever someone dared to say anything about his performance in other movies (mainly Spider-Man), I wanted to just give them this movie and show how good of an actor this guy is. Some of the most emotionally charged moments are his, but he still manages to bring a hint of innocence to the character that makes everything even more heartbreaking. Keira Knightley is the weak link here, in my opinion, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t do a good job. I’m not particularly fond of her acting choices most of the time, and when placed right next to Mulligan and Garfield, she tends to fade into the background a little bit.
Many people mention that the fact that these people don’t try to run away and get out of the life they’re living is a plot inconsistency, but I see it as one of the movie’s strongest points. These kids don’t know that there’s a choice and they don’t know that they can run away, and for me this was one of the most important aspects of the movie. The discussions about the human soul and the reflections about what makes us human were also a big part of why I think this movie made such an impression on me. I’ve been meaning to read the book that originated the movie ever since I first watched it, but I never got around to actually buying it, so that’s something I definitely have to do soon. Have you ever seen “Never Let Me Go”? Do you like dystopian movies that end up being more of a dramatic-romance nature than a science fiction one?
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