Excerpt: "Academy Award Nominees Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley co-star with talented newcomer Andrew Garfield ('The Social Network') in this poignant and powerful film. Kathy (Mulligan), Ruth (Knightley) and Tommy (Garfield) are best friends who grow up together at an English boarding school with a chilling secret. When they learn the shocking truth, they embrace their fleeting chance to live and love.
Excerpt: Science fiction can take many different forms, but in this adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel by Alex Garland ("28 Days Later"), it takes the form of a period piece set in an alternate Britain where people can live forever due to a new breakthrough in medical technology. More than that, the movie is about a love triangle between two girls, Kathy, the narrator of the story, her friend Ruth, with a shy but artistic young boy named Tommy, beginning at their early days at...
Conclusion: I loved 'Never Let Me Go.' It's so simple, and yet so beautiful. It's full of human emotion, substance, and feeling. It's magnificently shot, acted, and directed. Why it's been passed over by the Oscars is simply a mystery. This is one of the rare gems from 2010. To make matters even better, this one has received a stellar looking release on Blu-ray with demo-worthy visuals, and an audio presentation that accurately represents the film's somber mood.
Excerpt: Kathy, Tommy and Ruth live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.
Excerpt: A science-fiction romance steeped in mystery and despair, Never Let Me Go is probably best approached with little to no advance information or expectations, which is the same way the film’s characters experience their lives. We first meet the protagonists as pre-teen students in a well-appointed British boarding school in 1978, where they’re engaged in the usual business of clique-building and innocent boyfriend/girlfriend games.
Excerpt: Never Let Me Go is an elegant, restrained film, marked by lush visuals and a romantic and swoopy Rachel Portman score and characters who speak in clipped British accents and tend to keep calm and carry on. But don't be fooled-- though it is based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, who also wrote Remains of the Day , Never Let Me Go is no average English period drama, but an exploration of love and loss and the brief beauty of life with a sci-fi twist.
Conclusion: A beautifully realised adaptation of a profoundly affecting novel. Intelligent sci-fi provides the backdrop, while in the foreground is a trio of truly impressive performances from Mulligan, Knightley and Garfield.
Summary: Whilst it nods to speculative literary sci-fi such as 1984 and A Handmaid’s Tale , Mark Romanek’s autumnal Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation has more in common with Atonement and The Go Between – elegies for an England about to be steamrollered, unknowingly, into oblivion. More Set in an alternative present where disease has been mysteriously eradicated, it follows Mulligan, Garfield and Knightley, three residents of a special 'preparatory' school, as their friendships bloom and...
Excerpt: "Never Let Me Go" is a cinematic experience easy to be engrossed in, set late last century in a melancholic countryside dreamed up in storybooks. At its heart the tale is a haunting love story, but its soul holds grim secrets from the realms of sci-fi, and is told from an emotionally undeveloped point of view so restrained the audience may feel more manipulated than the characters. The plot dilemmas will fuel sober dinner-party conversations, destined to hold on.