Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Film review: Never Let Me Go

A few days ago I watched the film "Never Let Me Go" which made me think, analyse and (re)consider some concepts, ideas and my overall view and judgement of society, while leaving me in a very *pathetic* sad mood.

Film synopsis: Sheltered teens Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Ruth (Keira Knightley), and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) all grew up at a remote English boarding school, and now they're hungry to explore the real world. Their dreams of freedom are soon stifled, however, upon learning that they are nothing more than clones created specifically for organ harvesting. Now, in addition to confronting their own mortality, all three must come to terms with a lifetime of emotions and unfulfilled longings while pondering their true purpose for being.

Film review: I would, first and foremost, like to say that I watched this film without knowing what it was about, therefore I didn't really know what to expect.
Nevertheless, as the credits rolled I felt incredibly glad for having watched it.

All the acting is positively exquisite, the settings adjust themselves to the mood and atmosphere of every scene in a most marvellous way, the lighting during the entire film was truly beautiful and I couldn't help but be mesmerized by how everything combined originated such a superb piece of work.

It’s such a thought-provoking, sad, moving and heart-breaking story that leaves you thinking about so many different things… About living life the best way you can, enjoying and appreciating every moment like it could be your last, your mortality and the fact that our society is oh-so-very-good at looking the other way. About the way a person, if being left in almost complete ignorance, can accept everything that comes their way and not question it. About the way our society can so easily look at other beings and classify them as inferiors, make them serve their needs and take that for granted. About the fact that, after a while, even if what is being done is completely unethical and inhumane, people won’t care. Because they are beneficing from the whole situation. Therefore, what does it matter if it’s completely heartless?

The whole film just paints a very dark, but also a very realistic, painting of a part of our soul that can be completely cold, gelid actually, calculating and uncaring towards injustice and wrongness.

I truly enjoyed this film, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the book this film was based on.
Overall, I give it 4 out of 5★!

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