Watch It Now: Never Let Me Go

May 20th, 2011

If you ask me, Kazuo Ishiguro is the man: few people can write great sci-fi, and even fewer can do it with the kind of mesmerizing sensitivity and nuance that he can and apparently so easily does. More than that, he’s a talented short-story writer with enough printed words under his belt to rival almost any other credible modern author.

Never Let Me Go is, as you may know, a story of human cloning brought back down to earth and made simple. It is not filled with special effects, is a film which is carried wholly on the few major cast members – Keira Knightley is excellent, and believe me I don’t often say that after “Domino” appeared – and is a film with a great deal of depth. Strangely, the first time I watched it it didn’t grab me too much, but on the second viewing I enjoyed it more – by then very familiar with the story, I was then able to devote myself to understanding the dynamics of the lead characters and how they change and grow-up.

Even my dad liked it, and he usually only watched documentaries on Dave about red diesel suppliers . Or Ice Road Truckers, of course. His all-time favourite.

The last great point I want to mention is that here is a film which is for the boys and the girls. Moving and full of impact, it’s a sad take which will ask a lot of you but also give a lot back.

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