Thursday, July 30, 2015

Never Let Me Go (2010)

As a huge fan of Mark Romanek's music videos and as someone who had already seen One Hour Photo, I went into this movie with a lot of preconceived notions visually. Like Steven Soderbergh or Stanley Kubrick, Romanek is known for making beautiful yet sterile images. This preconception combined with the sci-fi premise of the source material had me anticipating a dystopian future with a cool color pallet and lots of mechanically precise camera movements. This movie is none of those things. Outside of the premise and the occasional little scanner thingy, you get no indication that this is science fiction. Rather than focusing on the apparatus of this dystopian future like some crappy YA film, Romanek instead focuses on the characters. His principle concern is to make them real and to show us their souls. We can relate to them. And as the cruel truth of this world dawns on them, it dawns on us as well. No matter what we say or do, no matter who we love or what we believe, in the end, we all have the same fate.

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