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Never Let Me Go

A movie directed by Mark Romanek

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A curious juxtaposition...and an interesting metaphor

  • Apr 21, 2011
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If I were to pick an “it” girl and boy right now, by which I mean an actress and actor who are receiving media attention and celebrity more for their star potential than for their achievements on the screen thus far, I might pick Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield.  Mulligan caused quite a stir (and rightly so) with her performance in last year’s “An Education;” Garfield drew a lot of attention playing Jesse Eisenberg’s best friend/enemy in “The Social Network” this fall, and is rumored to be the next Peter Parker in the upcoming “Spider-Man” reboot.  Both are talented actors at the beginning of what ought to be long and memorable careers; watching them both on the screen, I can’t help but think more about what they might do in the future than about what they’re doing right now.

So I think it was an extraordinary act of genius to cast then in the adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, “Never Let Me Go.”  This is a “soft” sci-fi movie that pretends to be about the ethics of cloning and organ harvesting, a la “The Island,” but several pieces that are missing — there’s no autocratic, faux-benevolent villain; indeed there’s no villain at all.  We never even meet the people who receive the donated organs to extend their lives.   “Never Let Me Go” has taken great pains to write the villain out of the story; he/she is both anonymous and omnipotent.   That’s because the villain of “Never Let Me Go” isn’t really the system, it’s death itself.  Death, that anonymous, omnipotent villain none of us can escape, or rebel against, or defeat.

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April 22, 2011
Just coming back after I read your full review. I have to say, we are in agreement! :)
 
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review by . March 26, 2011
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A Film That Can Uplift With Its Power Despite The Grim and Cruel Core of its Narrative....
Looking at the film’s title, one wouldn’t be hard-pressed to think that it is a love story; and while it is in its own way, the film has proven to be a lot more than that. Based on the novella with the same name written by Kazuo Ishiguro; the Japanese never cease to amaze me when it comes to themes of remorse, existentialism, life and the way they take a grim premise within a heart-warming execution. This film was directed by Mark Romanek with screenplay by Alex Garland; and it debuted …
review by . April 19, 2011
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No clones for me, period!
This film asks more questions than it attempts to answer, if that’s the premise of the science fiction author, that is. It involves the world of human clones where their existence is purely to provide organ replacements to the “originals”.       Well, based on that, the author then attempt to explore the human side of the clones? Granted, they are as real as the humans and therefore ought to have emotions as they are. Then, the story hints that those who …
review by . March 05, 2011
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Quick Tip by . January 04, 2012
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Amazing actors wasting their time in a story that literally undoes itself not just once but twice. I watched it twice just to make sure I didn't have a stroke. Nope, I'm stroke free the movie just sucked despite the best intentions of an amazing cast.
review by . September 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Hard to hold
NEVER LET ME GO   Written by Alex Garland   Directed by Mark Romanek   Starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield      Famed music video director, Mark Romanek, takes on Kazuo Ishiguro’s much loved and heavily praised novel, NEVER LET ME GO, as his second venture into feature filmmaking.  It is a daring challenge indeed given the underlying questions about the value of human life but Romanek takes the challenge head on.  …
review by . January 02, 2011
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   Never Let Me Go it's one of those adaptations that uses great technical execution in order to cover it's flaws in story's narration. The story revolves around this love and friendship triangle between Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Tommy (Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Keira Knightley) formed while spending their childhood inside an english boarding school, that would keep the children away from their freedom in order to make them unaware of the true living outside the "fence". …
Quick Tip by . March 22, 2011
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Not sure where to begin with Never Let Me Go. I liked certain aspects of it and yet also was frustrated with its slightly pretentious nature. The main issue I had was that the film tries to achieve some level of sophistication and artistry that it never really managaes to grasp and this is due to the fact that the filmmakers treat the material as if it were really original which it isn't. Right off the bat, we've all seen the youthful love triangle film, the British boarding school …
Quick Tip by . April 19, 2011
Unreal and too many loopholes. If it's not a science fiction and just a drama, it's a little lengthy!
review by . September 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Walking out of "Never Let Me Go," I felt as if I had experienced a death. This isn't to suggest that the film pushed me away. If anything, I was deeply drawn in, entirely taken by the sheer power it had on me emotionally. I'm fairly certain I wasn't the only one; I sensed solemnity in the audience I sat with, the profound feelings of shock, loss, grief, anger, and helplessness. The film projects all that, as if saying, "It's not fair. It shouldn't have to be this …
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Never Let Me Go
 is an upcoming dystopian drama film based on a novel of the same name written by Kazuo Ishiguro. It is directed by Mark Romanek and stars Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield. Alex Garland wrote the screenplay for the film. The film is produced by DNA Films and Film4. It will premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, and will open the 54th London Film Festival. It will be distributed theatrically by Fox Searchlight Pictures in the United States on 15 September 2010. In the United Kingdom it will be distributed theatrically on 14 January 2011, by Twentieth Century Fox.

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Screen Writer: Alex Garland, Kazuo Ishiguro
Runtime: 103 minutes
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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