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April 14, 2011
Never Let Me Go
Director: Mark Romanek
Starring: Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and
FILM critics have described director Mark
Romanek's screen interpretation of Never
Let Me Go as an "imaginative, heartbreak-
ing work of art that blows you away" and "a
powerful film you won't forget".
Please don't fall for this 'PR fluff' mov-
iegoers; save your dollars because Never Let
Me Go is not a "haunting, provocative and
outstanding film". In fact, Never Let Me Go is
Based on the highly acclaimed, bestsell-
ing novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains
of the Day), Never Let Me Go is the story
of three English boarding school students
who discover their sole purpose in life is to
become adults and donate organs until they
'complete', or in other words, die.
As Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy
(Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira
Knightley) leave the shelter of Hailsham
boarding school, they draw inexorably closer
to their morbid destinies and become trapped
in a bizarre love triangle that breeds jealousy,
betrayal and deceit.
Never Let Me Go has a predictable and
downright silly storyline and incorporates
drawn-out scenes that have little relevance
to the overall plot. The failure of this script
is a surprise as it was penned by writer Alex
Garland, who is renowned for his iconic
screenplays 28 Days Later and Sunshine.
Never Let Me Go had the potential to explore
some fundamental questions about human-
ity, such as 'What makes us human?' and
'Do humans have the right to play God?'
Unfortunately, these topics were merely raised
and then forgotten as the film progressed.
Never Let Me Go has earned two stars
purely for its production quality. The cinema-
tography and score were superb and, despite
the script they had to work with, Andrew
Garfield and Carey Mulligan's performances
were believable and powerful.
-- CPL Melanie Schinkel
Don't fall for the PR fluff
FOR more than four centu-
ries the Royal Navy (RN)
was master of the sea.
The spread of the British
Empire and then the British
Commonwealth, and the
maintenance of its security,
was primarily through the
service and sacrifice of the
RN and, importantly, the
serving men and women.
The RN achieved great
victory and equally great
loss, often carrying off both
with great panache.
While the Navy's activities in the waters off the UK
and the Caribbean seem to get much of the attention, it
was arguably the Pacific where its influence was most
felt over the longer term. Yet, this has been an area of
the RN's history least explored as a major theme.
Now, in his book, author, historian and former
officer in the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer
Reserve John McLean has sought to fill the gap.
McLean has drawn a broad canvas in the 519-page
book. However, this size should not deter the reader.
Following a broad timeline, he has divided the book
into 48 chapters and presents his stories in a crisp,
easy-to-read style that brings the accounts to life.
All the main conflicts and battles are covered, from
wars with the Maoris, Russians, Chinese, Germans,
Japanese and Koreans, with their grand victories and
tragic defeats though to the Navy's policing and puni-
tive roles guarding Britain's far-flung territories.
Stories of heroic single ships are here. HMS
Calliope and her fight to clear Apia Harbour in a hur-
ricane that wrecked an entire squadron and HMS
Amethyst's desperate night-flight from communist
Chinese forces on the Yangtse River.
Also covered are the more routine but equally
important tasks of charting the great ocean and sur-
veying its lands, the carriage of convicts and the pro-
visioning of remote islands for the salvation of ship-
It is his chapters on life at sea and ashore on leave
where McLean's book really shines. There have been
many far more detailed accounts but perhaps few have
covered such a diverse range of life at sea aboard sail
and steam-powered warships.
Finally, his chapters include a range of his own
observations and comments, some complimentary
and some caustic. While acceptable, they can at times
detract from his scholarship.
This aside, McLean has produced a generally well-
researched and well-written book which should have
a place on the bookshelf of any student of maritime
matters or an interest in Australia's neighbours across
-- Andrew Stackpool
shines on life
at sea with RN
A Mission of Honour: The Royal Navy in the
Author: John McLean
Winter Productions, $60
DISAPPOINTING: Never Let Me
Go -- predictable and downright
silly, according to this reviewer.
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