Never Let Me Go

"Excellent"

Never Let Me Go Review


Based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel, this haunting drama may be set in a parallel reality, but what it has to say about human hopes and societal ambition is deeply relevant. It's also beautifully directed and acted.

After a medical breakthrough in the 1950s, children are genetically created to grow up to be organ donors, hugely extending the human lifespan. Although the children rarely make it to their mid-20s. One of these is Kathy (Meikle Small, then Mulligan), who grew up in a special school with her best friend Ruth (Purnell, then Knightley). Kathy has a crush on the school oddball Tommy (Rowe, then Garfield), but it's Ruth who makes her move. And this action could have repercussions if organ-harvesting deferrals for couples are granted, as rumour has it.

The plot is packed with these kinds of hints and insinuations, as the children gather information about what's real from hearsay and speculation, fragments of captured conversations and one particularly outspoken teacher (Hawkins).

Otherwise, they're forced to make their own way in life until the system calls on them. And the story essentially says that, even though their lives are short, the same yearnings and realities apply.

Obviously, the story has potent ramifications, echoing the idea that the West uses the Third World in much this way: limiting others' lifespans to lengthen our own. Ishiguro hints that someone must pay for our progress, and those people have souls that might be nobler than our own. Fortunately, Garland and Romanek keep these themes submerged in the romantic storyline, focussing on the three central characters and letting us find our own larger truths lurking within the extremely emotional series of events.



Never Let Me Go

Facts and Figures

Genre: Dramas

Run time: 103 mins

In Theaters: Friday 11th February 2011

Box Office USA: $2.4M

Box Office Worldwide: $9.5M

Budget: $15M

Distributed by: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Production compaines: DNA Films, Film4, Fox Searchlight Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Fresh: 118 Rotten: 49

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , , Allon Reich

Starring: as Kathy, as Tommy, as Ruth, as Rodney, as Chrissie, as Miss Emily, as Miss Lucy, Izzy Meikle-Small as Young Kathy, as Young Tommy, as Young Ruth, Lydia Wilson as Hannah

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Murder on the Orient Express Movie Review

Murder on the Orient Express Movie Review

The latest adaptation of Agatha Christie's 83-year-old classic whodunit, this lavish, star-studded film is old-style...

Paddington 2 Movie Review

Paddington 2 Movie Review

The first Paddington movie in 2014 is already such a beloved classic that it's hard...

A Bad Moms Christmas Movie Review

A Bad Moms Christmas Movie Review

Everyone's back from last year's undemanding adult comedy, plus some starry new cast members, for...

Brawl in Cell Block 99 Movie Review

Brawl in Cell Block 99 Movie Review

Filmmaker S. Craig Zahler brought a blast of offbeat creativity to the Western genre two...

The Death of Stalin Movie Review

The Death of Stalin Movie Review

Fans of the film In the Loop and the TV series Veep will definitely not...

Call Me By Your Name Movie Review

Call Me By Your Name Movie Review

Set in northern Italy in the summer of 1983, this internationally flavoured drama is a...

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision...

Advertisement
Breathe Movie Review

Breathe Movie Review

While this biopic has the standard sumptuous production values of a British period drama, it's...

The Snowman Movie Review

The Snowman Movie Review

With a cast and crew packed with A-list talent, this film seems like it should...

The Party Movie Review

The Party Movie Review

Comedies don't get much darker than this pitch-black British movie, written and directed by Sally...

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) is on his way to becoming the new Woody Allen, which...

6 Below Movie Review

6 Below Movie Review

Based on an astonishing true survival story, this film is subtitled "Miracle on the Mountain",...

Mother Movie Review

Mother Movie Review

Darren Aronofsky doesn't make fluffy movies, and has only had one genuine misfire (2014's Noah)....

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

It's been 35 years since Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic, which was set in 2019....

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.