Yesterday, I watched Never Let Me Go, a film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel of the same name, starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield.
I find this dystopian science fiction story particularly original and audacious as it is set in an 80s -90s perfectly realistic British setting that reminds us of our own surroundings. It means no spacecraft, no new and uncurable disease, no hybrid species, no computer-assisted lifestyle, nothing like that. A simple medical breakthrough happening in 1952 which enables the human lifespan to be extended beyond 100 years. This scientific breakthrough consists in creating human beings whose only purpose is to give organs and die prematuraly or "complete" as the novel puts it.
However, what I find particularly striking in the plot is the complete absence of rebellion. It seems that the characters have no other choice but to accept their fate. To me, this is how all the tension builds up and the depth arises.
It makes you wonder "Would we be ready to sacrifice human beings for the sake of others?"
It's not so clear in the film but I think these organ donors are created in labs from what they call "originals". So the question is "Should they be considered as manufactured goods? Inferior and soulless human beings, and therefore, could simply be disposed of?"
The film does not give any answers but I guess it speaks for itself as the characters are imbued with the deepest human feelings such as fear, love, sadness, dreams and hopes. So they are not any different from us. They even look and sound more intense as their lives hang by a thread...
The last scene is particularly breathtaking with Kathy H. (Carey Mulligan) trying to answer these questions as she awaits her first donation...
To conclude, I strongly recommend both the film and the novel.