On-Camera Review: Never Let Me Go

by Eric Melin on October 8, 2010

in Video Reviews

Here’s my video review of “Never Let Me Go”from KTKA-49.

Based on the award-winning novel of the same name, “Never Let Me Go” is a sci-fi film with almost none of the outward trappings – no spaceships, lasers, or any of that. Instead of a futuristic setting, it takes place in a recent sort of alternate past. Like great science fiction should, though, it serves as an allegory and inspires some deep thinking about the world we live in now.

Three schoolchildren – played by Carey Mulligan, Kiera Knightley, and Andrew Garfield – grow up in a sheltered boarding school and become resigned to their fate. Because of their special situation – which I don’t want to reveal too much of for fear of spoilers – these naïve young people will never be a part of the outside world.

“Never Let Me Go” is a sad and melancholy film, and one that makes a huge case for the nurture side of whole the “nature vs. nurture” argument. The kids are raised to serve a single purpose and they never rebel against it. That acceptance may be frustrating to watch, but it’s the point of the film.

By the end of the movie, as certain revelations come to light, this quietly devastating film gets more incisive and more moving.

If you don’t like movies that make you feel something, go see something else.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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