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. Ishiguro cleverly builds this lingering dread with layer after layer of often indiscernibly subtle plot developments, movements, and references which amass to create powerful and frequently moving outcomes.
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, choosing at times to focus on the character-driven drama and the heart-wrenching romance while trying too often to overlook the sci-fi heart of the piece.
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: I was mildly disappointed in how much was left out of this adaptation of Never Let Me Go , but judging the film on its own terms, I can still see it for the quietly moving experience that it is. It's also absolutely gorgeous on Blu-ray, with a lush and immaculately detailed high definition transfer. Definitely read the book first if you haven't yet—it's a heartbreaker—but give the movie a shot too.
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...