Film: Never Let Me Go
From the outside, Never Let Me Go looks like a straight-forward British romantic drama, starring UK favourites Keira Knightly, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield. So be prepared for a shock when a dystopian view of Britain's future is intertwined with a heart-wrenching love story.
The film opens with 'facts' about the growth of medical science in the 1960s, informing us that life expectancy is now well over 100 and giving us a small taste of what is to come.
The film is then spilt into three sections: Childhood at prim and proper boarding school, Hailsham, adulthood at the secluded Cottages and then 'completion' in various hospitals.
It quickly becomes clear that things are not what they seem at the idyllic boarding school. Pupils are electronically tagged, teachers constantly remind the children of the need to 'be healthy inside', and stories of those who have crossed the school barriers, only to be horrifically killed, are whispered amongst the young pupils.
When the fate of the pupils is accidentally revealed to them in class, we learn that they are never meant to live a full life, will never grow up to have a career, to have a family or to grow old; instead being bred for one single, medical purpose.
The fate of the three main characters is learnt early on in the film, allowing the love story to develop as they themselves grow up. But what does love mean, when you know that your life will end so soon?
A brilliant, moving view of how medical science can be for better or for worse, Never Let Me Go will stay with you long after you've left the cinema.
Never Let Me Go is in cinemas February 11