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Never Let Me Go

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

So our first review is done! Three guys reviewed 1 movie and here are the results:

Never Let Me Go

Scotty:  

  

Klash:  

 

Griff :    

   

Consensus:   

 

Please read the full reviews below. We will have a new review up by next week so check back soon.

Never Let Me Go

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Never Let Me Go


Stars: Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley

Novel by: Kazu Ishiguru

Screenplay by: Alex Garland

Director: Mark Romanek

Reviewed by: Klash

Taking place in an alternate reality where medical science has made miraculous achievements this story centers on three friends named Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Ruth (Keira Knightley) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) whose lives are specifically tied to these discoveries.

Narrated by Kathy the film takes place in three chapters the first beginning within the walls of an English boarding school where Ruth, Tommy and Kathy are raised.  The film’s twist is revealed fairly early on by one of the children’s guardians who seems to have a personal conflict with how the children are clueless to their real purpose.  Subsequently this guardian is dismissed but the knowledge has already been revealed to the children who at this stage don’t seem to fully grasp the full effect for what it is. 

Raised as human cattle and termed ‘donors’ these children upon reaching a certain point in their lives will begin donating their organ so others can live healthier longer lives.  Even after its further explained by the school’s head administrator the grave reality of the situation still hasn’t fully set in as the compassionate Kathy seems to be focusing mainly on her feelings for Tommy even after Ruth slips in and steals the boy away.

The second chapter fast forwards several years and focuses on the understanding of what will become of them from the view of the friends.  As their predetermined futures move forward new conflicts arise as old emotions which have remained intact through the years are misinterpreted creating a tear in the bond they all once shared as the friends move on in different directions.

The third chapter and final chapter begins with the a reuniting of the three and the realization that life is ticking away as the donations have since begun.  During this time truths and jealousies are revealed changing the way in which the friends perceive each other while possibly giving way to a new short term hope on life even if there are no guarantees.  By this time it seems somewhat clear how things are going to play out leaving the viewer to make their own assumptions.

By the end of the film I felt almost nothing. There was no real connection to any of the characters and I saw them as nothing more than human cattle.  I believe this was mainly due to the lack of attempts to alter their future and make for a better life.   Trumped by adversity they simply gave up and accepted their fate which to me was a copout considering the strength of emotions that were portrayed in specific scenes between certain characters.  Yes inevitably we all die and there is no picking when that time comes but it didn’t make sense to me to hurry death along especially when someone finds someone else they feel without a doubt is worth living and fighting for.  Even after having several days to think about this film I still find myself at a loss for words as I just didn’t find a connection no matter what angle I tried to approach it from.

Well acted and narrated unfortunately there was nothing that specifically stood out and made me take notice of any of the actors in particular.  Another point which I guess ties into my lack of connecting with the characters or the film in general.  Over all a very bleak film that won’t be for everyone. 

I give it one guy out of three

Never Let Me Go

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

“Never Let Me Go”

Director:

Mark Romanek

Writers:

Kazuo Ishiguro (novel), Alex Garland (screenplay)

Stars:

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

Never Let Me Go

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Never Let Me Go

Director: Mark Romanek
Writers: Kazuo Ishiguru (novel), Alex Garland (screenplay)
Stars:
Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Andrew Garfield
Review By: Griff

I had to let this movie spin around in my head for a few days before I sat down to write this review. Based on a book of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguru, the plot revolves around a group of children Kathy, (Carey Muligan), Tommy, (Andrew Garfield), and Ruth, (Kiera Knightley) who are being raised in a private school in the English country side. The twist here is that this is an alternate reality. In this world they have figured out a way to cure most diseases, people live to be 100 or more. How did they do it? They clone people raise them in private schools, then when they are old enough, they harvest their organs slowly until they “complete”. (die)

The three main characters learn early on in the movie that they are fated to die at a young age and the meat of the movie revolves around them coming to grips with their own mortality. How would you live your life if you knew at a young age that you wouldn’t live to see 30?

It’s this premise that made the movie so interesting for me. I kept waiting for a moment like Logan’s Run or the Island where the protagonists all say, “F**ck this, let’s make a break for it.” But it never comes. At first I was disappointed and then I thought about it  and realized that is the whole point of the film. The main characters spend their time reading, watching tv, and trying to learn and love as best they can. They do the same things that we all do every day. The simple truth is we are all going to “complete” over a long enough time line. It could be tomorrow it could be 50 years from now. There is no escaping that fact and that is what the movie is trying to tell us. There where will be times of great joy, sadness, hope and loss so live, love, and learn while you can as best you can because you never know how much time you have.

The acting was great here but Carey Mulligan definitely steals the show. Even when she is rocking a strange 80’s rock band mullet she still manages to keep you enthralled in the story. Keira Knightley does a fine job but there is not a lot here for her. Andrew Garfield was also great and he a couple of excellent scenes. The part where his character and Kathy attempt to go get a “deferral” was definitely a highlight. I had a feeling throughout that scene not unlike when you see an animal trapped on the highway and trying to run through traffic. You just know things are going to end badly.

The film is shot in mostly muted earth tones. It is all greens and browns and it does a great job of adding to the atmosphere of the film. The music here is also mostly strings that add to the provocative nature of the film.

This movie is definitely not going to be for everyone. This is not a popcorn movie. This a rainy Sunday afternoon kind of a film. It is almost completely absent of joy and has found a new place in my top 5 most depressing movies list. With that said, I still enjoyed the movie. In a time where most movies that you see today have become utterly forgettable, this one sticks with you, and sometimes that’s a good thing.  2 ½ guys for me.