Directed by Mark Romanek. Screenplay by Alex Garland
- 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment 2011
- Classification: 12
- Starring: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan
Based on Kazuo Ishiguro's Booker nominated 2005 novel, this film features Keira Knightly, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield as Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, three young people who spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. However as they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with a brutal reality - that they are actually clones who have been prepared, both physically and through social conditioning, to be living organ donors.
The film captures the existential angst of young people coming to terms with the awful reality that their sole purpose is simply to give life to others.
The most chilling aspect of the film is the way in which they accept the inevitability of their fate apparently making no attempt to escape even as their inevitable 'completions' approach. They have been far too skilfully manipulated already to have any chance of breaking free.
As with any work that protrays a highly Utilitarian view of the value of human life we can see clearly the problems; concepts of 'duress' and 'undue influence' are dismissed out of an overarching belief that the good of society is of greater worth than an individual's life.
Article written by Steve Fouch