The “problem” is, of course, that they are test tube clones, who one day learn from a rogue teacher what life “has been set out for you.” When they become adults, they will start donating organs, until they “complete”. Now we are in territory of movies like Gattaca, Blade Runner, Logan’s Run, and even Clonus.
The movie advances to 1985, when the kids are 18 and living in cottages near the coast, closely watched but allowed day trips. They never try to escape; when their days come, they submit. But there are possible exceptions. Ruth becomes a “carer”, which is a pretty good job with some adventure in the “outside world”; Tommy and Cathy fall in love, hoping that by doing so, they can get deferrals (which remind me of “deferments” from the military draft in the 1960s). Are they really supposed to have kids?
The movie advances to 1994, when Ruth lives in a grimy high rise (England looks bad here), and will encounter the couple. Her own fate may not be so secure after all, but Tommy and Cathy stare down the inevitable, now starting to grasp the moral implications.
The idea that your own being is subjected to the needs of others, and that your own body is shaved and cut up seems to be morally revolting.
The official website is here.
Fox Searchlignt offers this YouTube featurette (4 min) about the film:
On Facebook, Philip Chandler recently offered a more detailed review here.