Excerpt: Kazuo Ishiguro�s literary output is often characterised by an almost ethereal quality, a hazy, dreamlike reverie in which the bizarre, the unexpected, and the unspoken combine to lace the dream with a sensation of distant, intangible, and unsettling threat.
Excerpt: Featuring a fantastic cast of British actors at the top of their game, Never Let Me Go is devastatingly beautiful and utterly heart-breaking. Mark Romanek�s film, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro�s novel by screenwriter and novelist Alex Garland ( 28 Days Later� Sunshine ), features a plethora of genres,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.