When writer-director Robert Fiveson created ‘
To summarize Parts , a group of young people are born, grow up and live in carefully controlled environment, wherein their every desire is indulged, yet their every behavior is monitored by the powers-that-be until such time they receive a call and it’s time for them to emigrate to the utopia of “America.”
Of course, America is just a lie and all of these bright, young, ambitious kids are just the spare-parts clone-farm of an aging, wealthy, politically-connected elite that created the desert haven of Clonus as an organ-bank to extend their own lives. But the kids are aware of none of this — they are simply caught up in the celebration of their young lives, until the day that they are summoned to ‘America’.
plot turn up in John Byrne’s
comic book (1991-1995) and Michael Bay’s ‘
premise has inhabited the prose of British-Japanese author Kazuo Ishiguro and his 1995 novel, ‘
Never Let Me Go
adapted for the screen by Alex Garland
Anyone familiar with Ishiguro also knows that he is responsible for
Thematically, there’s plenty of ‘Blade Runner’ (1982) in Never Let Me Go , but director Romanek has chosen to sublimate most of the hard sci-fi of Ishiguro’s alternate-reality. Like the Replicants, the ‘children’ of Never Let Me Go exist to serve their fully human masters, if only via organ donations. Like the Replicants, Ishiguro’s children may have a limited life-expectancy, but Gardner and Romanek play down the the science-fiction elements of IShiguro’s novel almost entirely.
Beautifully shot and convincingly performed,
Never Let Me Go
fails because writer Gardner and director Romanek are incapable of selling the romantic triangle. Garland created something similar in ‘
The crisis that Kathy H. endures after Ruth and Tommy pair off is mostly one of isolation. In the Garland-Romanek adaptation of Never Let Me Go , I only saw that Kathy H. (Carey Mulligan) and Tommy (Andrew MacDonald) as friends while the relationship between Tommy and Ruth (Keira Knightley) just seemed to be almost entirely carnal.
All said and done, it was only Clonus ‘ Richard that managed to make his way out of Plato’s Cave into the ‘real’ world, while Kathy H. was just left in the donation clinic pining for her lost friends.