Never Let Me Go Movie Review

Never Let Me Go Movie Review


This box office movie is going to be very dependent on the movies reviews to see how well it will be received. Some are going to say that it’s a downright damper and others are going to say that it’s an artistic masterpiece. There is no question that the acting is expert, the photography is perfect and the writing is fine. This adaptation of a Kazuo Ishiguro novel by Fox Searchlight may possibly be up for awards when it opens at Telluride.

The story is all about three people with no last names – Kathy, played by Carey Mulligan, Tommy, played by Andrew Garfield and Ruth, played by Keira Knightley. It takes a while to discover that they have no last names because they were created in a lab as scientific specimens. They were raised so that there would be internal organs available to ill patients who needed them. This upcoming movie is not set in the future but in a parallel universe where this sort of experiment has been going on under the radar of most people.

Never Let Me Go has several problems. One is that the viewer never finds out entirely how this parallel universe works. Secondly, nothing much is said about how the cloning works. A third problem has to do with the theme of the frightening aspects of this kind of medical experimentation. This particular theme is getting a little old.

The love story in the film is what, in the end, saves it from total failure. The fine performances by the trio of young actors in the main roles enhance the love story. At the opening of the film we meet Isobel Meikle-Small, Ella Purnell and Charlie Rowe, three child actors who do a fine job of playing the the cloned children. Sally Hawkins and Charlotte Rampling are excellent as teachers at the school.

Even as children, Kathy and Tommy feel an attraction for each other. Unfortunately, Ruth wants Tommy as well. The adult actors play these three well. Mulligan is the beautiful leader of the group, Garfield is wonderful as Tommy, and Knightly is a magnificent villain.

The most heartrending theme of the movie is that love provides meaning to life, no matter how short that life may be. This “other universe” is well done and some of it is haunting. The movie, though, is very slow and the storytelling is odd. Medical ethics is a timely issue but “Never Let me Go” never does as good a job of “discussing” these issues as any of the old Frankenstein movies did.

Take a chance and go see Never Let Me Go, one of the new movies coming soon. Perhaps you’ll find it to be beautiful and surreal, rather than poky and difficult to understand.


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