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'Never Let Me Go' is really about cloning, no matter what they say

4:26 PM, Oct 12, 2010 • By GINA R. DALFONZO
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The one weak point in the film comes at the very end: Kathy, having lost her two friends and knowing that her own death is drawing near, muses to herself that maybe all people wish they had more time, that maybe the clones’ brief, sad lives aren’t so different from the lives of the people who are saved by their donated vital organs. That’s a very nice sentiment, but as an attempt to pretty up a stark fate it’s a failure. Echoing Romanek’s and Garland’s remarks, it feels like something that was tacked on in a sudden attempt to soft-pedal the tragedy they’ve just spent nearly two hours sharing with us.  

If you can ignore the last two minutes, Never Let Me Go is a great film and one of the most important stories the cinema has told in years. It’s just too bad that its makers don’t seem to realize that.

Gina R. Dalfonzo is editor of BreakPoint.org and Dickensblog.

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