Fox Searchlight/DNA/Film4 (Andrew MacDonald & Allon
W: Alex Garland [based on the novel by
DP: Adam Kimmel
Ed: Barney Pilling
Mus: Rachel Portman
Carey Mulligan (Kathy H), Andrew Garfield (Tommy D), Keira
Knightley (Ruth C), Charlotte Rampling (Miss Emily), Sally Hawkins (Miss Lucy)
I started reading the novel this is based on about a
year ago, but gave up after the first chapter which seemed to be all about cricket!
In all honesty, perhaps I should have stuck with it,
it's a very intelligent and interesting story and demonstrates proof that you don't always need starships or lasers for unique science fiction.
The story is ever so slightly similar to the 2005
Michael Bay film, The Island (which probably ripped off Kazuo Ishiguro's novel), it's the story of two girls and a boy who grow up in a boarding school where they are raised to be perfect
specimens. They form a friendship which becomes a love triangle, even though their lives are to be short - the twist is that they only exist so that their organs can be donated to their
The film features good performances from Keira
Knightley, Andrew Garfield & Carey Mulligan (who I've yet to see in a bad film) and the film utilises good photography and a bittersweet music score.