Never Let Me Go (2010)
With a national shortage of organ donors in the country this film Never Let Me Go (2010) gives us a disturbing world in which that would never happen allowing for a constant supply of organs to be in the system. Through the eyes of a carer Cathy (Carey Mulligan) who looks back over her short life from her time in what appears to be a boarding school that takes the medical well-being of the children more seriously than most.
It’s unclear why there is such a keen interest in the children until the truth is revealed to a year four class that includes a young Cathy, Tommy and Ruth by a rebellious teacher Miss Lucy (Sally Hawkins). Changing the dynamic and tone of the film, with the truth revealed we are left to see how far these three children make it into adult hood. Ruth (Keira Knightly) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) become lovers whilst Ruth (Mulligan) watches on. The move away from the boarding school to a house for other donors where rumours starts to take route as they begin to really understand their purpose and place in life. Having had very little contact with the outside world, each encounter is slightly funny in this dark world that created them.
Time moves pretty fast in their short lives, Ruth now a carer for donors as they undergo their few donations before completing. It becomes all to real that their sole purpose is to hold organs for the mass population, donating as and when they need. No chance is taken to save them, once they have served their purpose that’s it. The cold hard facts of their fleeting lives, to ensure others live a long and healthy lives.
It seems like a good solution when you first think of it, to have a race of clones for the purpose of organs. Yet the morality of the thought comes into play, what of those who are faced with a sort life and no free will. Educated to understand they are helping others. They are under loose surveillance for all of their lives and heads filled with rumours giving false hope.
It’s a very melancholic film that takes a very critical issue of organ donations that would never go to this extreme, making it seem very plausible. Instead of relying of the goodwill of the population to give, the state has stepped in, using cloning technology to solve the issue. Always conscious of whether the clones have a sole, expressed through art, a very powerful expression of the self, which shows a softer side to the O.D.P. (Organ Donation Program) that knows what it is doing, hoping they are doing the right thing.
Turning to the acting which by all three of the main stars, who give understated performances, each handling their purpose in life very differently. Knightly who is essentially a co-star to Mulligan and Garfield gives a sensitive and thoughtful performance. Whilst Garfield is filled with pent up emotion.
I feel a great sense of pride that in reality being an organ donor, who also gives blood, that it’s up to you if you give, and when. To know that you are making a difference each time to another who is in need of a pint of blood, giving something better than a material gift. The alternate reality that has stepped in year forces a race into a life of obligation, which donation should not be, becoming essentially the harvesting of clones for organs.
I end this review with a simple question, which may weigh on some readers hearts, others wont skip a beat and agree. If you can, please sign up to organ donation list, and even to give blood. It’s a brave leap to take, which can save a life
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