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Never Let Me Go

“Never Let Me Go”


Mark Romanek


Kazuo Ishiguro (novel), Alex Garland (screenplay)


Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield

REVIEW by Scott

When I first saw the preview to this movie I was excited and interested.  Keira Knightley and up and comer  Carrie Mulligan in love story with a side of science fiction.

The story is narrated by Kathy(Carrie Mulligan) as she walks us through her looking glass, and recaps her life beginning in a boarding school that focuses on good health and well being, on a campus that the students are not allowed to exit.  Kathy befriends Tommy(Andrew Garfield) and the two seem to be developing a relationship that could last through their lives but Kathy’s friend Ruth(Keira Knightley) swoops in and begins a romantic relationship with Tommy.  The story follows their development into their teenage years and young adulthood as Ruth and Tommy continue their relationship and Kathy is on the outside looking in.

About 20 minutes into the movie the big twist is clearly stated when a rebellious guardian tells her children how their lives are going to go.  This guardian was later fired but the cat was out of the bag.  The three of them, along with all students at the boarding school, are donors which mean they are raised to be harvested by their worldly counterparts.  Yes they were born and raised so that they can donate their vital organs when the time came.

The three drift apart and come back together several years later as the process of donations have begun for Ruth and Tommy and we as viewers wonder how it is going to end.

I questioned my own emotional state as we wound down and I was disappointed that I did not feel as sadly as I should, but I just did not connect with these characters on that level and therefore did not feel the wave of emotion some may feel. The movie did not make me feel sad or happy it just made feel quiet.

The movie is picturesque, poetic and seems as though the film itself was washed in time.  The story is told in the silence between the dialogue and the characters are developed within those empty spaces. Mulligan, Knightley and Garfield carried their roles seamlessly and all were well cast but Mulligan showed a maturity that should not go unnoticed.

I give it 1 ½ guys out of 3

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