Video Review: Alicia Keys "Like You’ll Never See Me Again"

On Saturday at 11:45 am, doctors and nurses try to save a young man (Common) in an operating arm. One doctor pumps his chest while another cuts into clothes. His heart is shocked. The monitor flat lines.

Alicia Keys arrives at the hospital at 11:58 pm on a Friday night. She walks past the nurses’ station, tears in her eyes and makeup smudged.

About twenty minutes earlier, she received the phone call from the hospital. She cries out “no” and sobs.

At 11:00 p.m., he decided to ride his motorcycle. Meanwhile, she leaned on her desk, examining her negatives.

She slides open her phone and watches a video. In the video, her boyfriend grins at her with love in his eyes. She rubbed his head, laughing as he pretended to be annoyed. They kiss and she shuts it off.

The sun begins to set over the Brooklyn Bridge as she watches the ripples in the river.

Noon, on Friday, he picks up the payphone at the bus stop. At another payphone, she asks him why he won’t talk to her.

He wakes into the bedroom, waking her up at about 6:45 am. She slaps her hand, wanting to know that she needs him to stop riding the motorcycle. He points at his chest, saying it’s his decision.

She rolls over in bed, at 6:00 am while he rides his motorcycle.

At 5:45 am, he wakes up on the couch and grabs his helmet. His friend asks him if he’s going to see his girlfriend.

Early Saturday morning. the doctors continue to try to start his heart again. After two hours, at 1:46 a.m., the monitor shows his heartbeat. She is told by the nurses at 2:00 a.m. that she can visit him. He lies still as she sits next to him. She holds his hand in hers and kisses it.

Rating: 4/5

Alicia Keys told her boyfriend not to buy the motorcycle. She lectured him on safety and warned him that other drivers don’t notice. He rolled his eyes and said she was worrying over nothing. “It’s completely safe,” he said as he went to his classes on the weekends.

The words echo in her mind as she sits with him at the hospital, waiting for him to wake up. The doctors said he may not be the same. He may have suffered some brain damage but they won’t for sure. She prays for him to open his eyes.

She asks God to forgive her for being harsh. If they hadn’t argued the night before, he may still be with her. He would be ok and they would make up in a week or so as usual. She thinks of his family, who she has to call and let them know their son is clinging to life.

The handsome man she fell in love with is lying on a hospital bed and all she can do is hope. She wonders if he can feel her hand or kiss. Will he remember her when he wakes up? Will he wake up? A future without him devastates her.

Director: Diane Martel Year: 2008


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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit & 45 Magazine.

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