Never Let Me Go (2010)

Posted: May 3, 2011 in British
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Never Let Me Go


As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them. –IMDb


Mark Romanek


Kazuo Ishiguro (novel), Alex Garland (screenplay)


Keira KnightleyCarey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield


 Drama | Romance

Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go opens with a scene of a woman staring at a man on an operating table. She stares at him through a glass wall and he stares back at her, a tear streaming down his cheek. It is moments like these that work so well in Never Let Me Go, a dystopian(an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives) science fiction drama that is both tender and frightening all at once. While the pacing may be a bit uneven, a moving story with a purposeful emotional disconnection holds together quite nicely on the silver screen. And let me tell you, it’s not a science fiction movie, it is a human drama with a science fiction premise.

Without saying too much, Never Let Me Go is a story about what it truly means to be humans. That does not mean that there are aliens involved, but there are other science fiction elements that are subtly blended with complex emotions.  The story revolves around Ruth, Tommy, and Kathy, three children growing up at a school called Hailsham. Hailsham is bizarre in many ways, but the children simply take it as it is. The children eventually learn a nasty secret about themselves from a teacher. Ruth (Keira Knightley), Tommy (Andrew Garfield), and Kathy’s (Carey Mulligan) lives change forever as they suddenly learn to live their lives differently. As they grow up together, they experience sex, sadness, and love in unexpected ways.

“Never Let Me Go” is an interesting, haunting and affecting story of love and jealousy. The story that we see occurring on the surface is fairly commonplace of friends growing up together and falling in love. But the backdrop of this film, which eventually takes over the main story, is science fiction like. It’s dark and tragic and thought-provoking. It is sad, depressing, and interesting in many ways. Though it is not bound for Oscar gold, it is brilliant in its quietness.

Never Let Me Go

The acting from all three main actors is very good. The performances probably do not merit any Oscars, but they are still great to watch. Cary Mulligan shines in the movie whose sad eyes reveal the melancholy of her character, and Keira Knightly, especially in the hospital scene where she portrays a nearly depleted “donor.” And Andrew Garfield, his one outbreak of emotion upon having his hopes of a “deferral” dashed was very significant.

Mark Romanek, the director has done a brilliant job. He has made this film look sad and cold. The film was incredibly well shot, making dreary England look spectacular but still getting the feeling of damp and cold across. It was also really well cast. The kids playing the younger versions of Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield looked and sounded just like them and were able to carry the beginning of the film. The accompanying musical score was appropriate to a sad and heartbreaking story. If any movie could make you sad for hours, it would be this one and that is one hell of a job to do.

Above all, this is an exquisitely crafted tale about love, loss, individuality, and the boundaries of life. The movie is not for everyone. Just have patience and watch with all your heart, you’ll surely get the feel of the movie. The only complain I(as most of people) have is the pace. But all in all, beautiful piece of art. I give it 7.5 out of 10

  1. Leiza says:

    ok cool will do…

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