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In his highly acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) created a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. Kathy (Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan, An Education), Tommy (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network) and Ruth (Oscar® nominee Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) 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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 163
- Fresh: 115
- Rotten: 48
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Never Let Me Go is gorgeous. And depressing. It's exquisitely acted. And depressing. It's romantic, profound and superbly crafted, shot with the self-contained radiance of a snow globe. And it's depressing.
Fresh: We are rewarded with many scenes of poignant beauty and touching performances in the central roles.
Rotten: As a triangular love story, this doesn't really soar either, despite good performances from a hip young cast, and the end result is that a story that should have been terribly affecting, isn't.
Fresh: It's also a film which affirms what is valuable about life. I think this film is a must-see.
Never let this beautiful, challenging, underrated film go
Kazuo Ishiguro's powerful novel, which TIME Magazine honored as the best of the decade, has become 2010's finest film. Set in an alternate version of England in which astonishing scientific achievements followed WWII, the film concerns three youths who forge their friendship at a secluded, "special" boarding school, Hailsham. A coming-of-age/romantic drama at heart, Never Let Me Go is also a thoughtful, understated science fiction film, à la Children of Men. Alex Garland's (Sunshine) adaptation of the Ishiguro novel is faithful and intelligent. He captures the Japanese-born British author's subtle unveiling of the plot; not much is SAID!, but a great deal is hinted or told-yet-not-told. Garland also honors Ishiguro's unique exploitation of language, including the oft-disturbing use of euphemisms to obscure brutal truths ("complete"). Mark Romanek's (One Hour Photo) direction reflects Ishiguro and Garland's words. Despite his status as an iconic music video director (he's collaborated with artists such as David Bowie, Jay-Z, Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, and Red Hot Chili Peppers), there is no über-confident "flash" to be found here; the autumnal, muted color palette sets the tone. The visual style is beautiful, but never demands attention or distracts from the character arcs and themes. The cast is outstanding. Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Keira Knightley deliver multifaceted, tender performances, as do their child actor counterparts. Knightley's performance is a career best. Mulligan is sublime, projecting a quiet warmth as an introverted character who almost never lets her emotions show to their true extent. Similar to John Hillcoat's The Road, Never Let Me Go will alienate, confuse, and/or enrage certain moviegoers. Yes, this is a sad film. A devasting slice of dystopic melancholia which pulls no punches and pushes viewers to face uncomfortable concepts, including people's perception of death throughout their lives (from youthful ambivalence to anger and fear to resignation). However, this is also a romantic film, and a film made with incredible skill. And it is destined to inspire passionate post-viewing conversation. Recommended, of course.
Never let me go is an extraordinary movie that has touched my heart and left me crying for a long time.
Andrew and carrey are terrific and that violin/piano piece is so perfect!
This movie is sadly underrated and should receive more recognition!
I read the book before seeing the movie. Yes, there were some parts that got switched around a little, but for the mist part it did a great job of interpreting the book. Loved the
film and really loved the cast.
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 2010
- © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation