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S4E2M – Never Let Me Go (movie)*


Wherein Dan Gonzalez and Margret O’Reilly rejoined me late at night from a Chicago skyscraper to explore this faithful and tonally similar adaptation of the book. Our conversation pointed out how the movie was uniquely subtle from a sci-fi perspective, and yet more revealing and advantageous for grounding the viewer in the setting and world. We also recognized that the film focused more on the “love-triangle” aspect of the book, but couldn’t quite decide on why. Margret was particularly impressed with the Japanese aesthetics the director incorporated into the film, which complimented the narrative well. The meaning of the title was explored as well as a few of the more obvious differences between the two works–in particular we discussed the changes in the scene from which the title originated. Ryan and Margret got into the existential dilemmas of clones and how that reflects on what it means to be human, while Dan wondered what one would take away from this film as opposed to the book. Lastly, Margret expressed her genuine appreciation for how in-sync the director was with the author’s underlying work and wanted to put both of them in a room and play some Bob Dylan to see what might happen. A good time was had by all (except the clones) !!!!



Dan, Margret, and Ryan (likely not clones)



“Never Let Me Go (2010)” by Mark Romanek (Keira Knightley) (movie)

Ryan: 3 1/2 Stars “…a fair enough adaptation that manages to capture the breathless quality of a very nuanced novel…”

Dan: 4 Stars “…a general adaptation which focused more on the dynamic of the relationships between Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy as opposed to the general theme of the [book]…”

Margret: 3.85 Star “…a thoughtfully interpreted adaptation to the book with a focus on the relationship aspect…”




Check out Facebook pages for our guest Dan Gonzalez’s now defunct musical groups “Sisero,” and “Beautiful and the Just.” You can listen to music by the latter on Soundcloud here:

During our discussion we mentioned certain Japanese aesthetics, which the Director chose to incorporate into the film to better illustrate the narrative. Some of these are detailed in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy here: Romanek discussed this choice a bit in a Vanity Fair article (“Mark Romanek Talks About Adapting Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go for the Big Screen”) which can be found here:

On the show we also talked about the Director’s impressive resume of music videos he directed. In particular, we mentioned the acclaimed Johnny Cash cover version of the song “Hurt” originally recorded by industrial act Nine Inch Nails. Romanek previously worked with the original artist on their videos for “The Perfect Drug” and the more controversial and infamous “Closer.”

Here is the Johnny Cash version directed by Romanek which compliments the mood captured in our subject movie:


Be sure also to check out the fine arts instagram account  of our guest Margret O’Reilly (@nueroart). Here is a painting of the famous Star Wars character Yoda:


* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.