Movie Details

Never Let Me Go

"Never Let Me Go" is a poignant but dystopic British-American drama directed by "One Hour Photo" helmer Mark Romanek and adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro`s bestselling 2005 novel of the same name. Divided into multiple parts, we follow two children, Ruth (Keira Knightley), Kathy (Carey Mulligan) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) who spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 24 Feb 2011
Genre: Thriller / Drama
Running Time: 1 Hour 44 Minutes
Distributor: 20TH CENTURY FOX
Cast: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins
Director: Mark Romanek
Format: NA


Writer: Naseem Randhawa

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “The Island”, “Gattaca”, “Camille”

Kathy, Ruth and Tommy, played respectively by Carey Mulligan ("An Education"), Keira Knightley ("Atonement"), and Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network"), are three students who slowly learn that their lives are anything but ordinary. They were conceived as lab experiments so that their organs can be harvested in due course.

As they learn to accept their fate, a love triangle blossoms between the three friends. Audiences then follow the trio from an idyllic English boarding school to a college work placement community and finally to eventual adulthood. From the very start, Kathy seems to be a great match for Tommy, but her jealous best friend Ruth steals him away. Kathy then becomes the third wheel in the circle, and is forced to endure the pain of watching the love of her life spend the rest of his life with someone else.

The film is based on Kazuo Ishiguro's highly acclaimed novel of the same name, and the screenplay's adapted by Alex Garland ("The Beach", "28 Days Later", "Sunshine"). Director Mark Romanek has only directed one feature before this one; the Robin Williams movie "One Hour Photo" in 2002. But at one point or another it is almost impossible that audiences have not seen his work. Romanek directed Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream" music video, The Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Can't Stop" video and Jay-Z's "99 Problems" video, just to name a few.

The selection of cast is commendable as it is obvious that these are names (with the exception of Knightley) that will be Hollywood A-listers in due time, judging by their previous movie roles and upcoming ones as well. Carey Mulligan delivers a compelling performance as Kathy, the protagonist and narrator guiding the audience as the layers upon layers of her life are gradually revealed. Andrew Garfield the future Spiderman also reveals his versatility by playing an emotionally distraught character that is quietly suffering within himself. Meanwhile Knightley as the envious Ruth does well with her role, but there is not much delivered as she is just slightly over being satisfactory.

With its cast and notable creative team behind the production of this dystopian themed movie, one can only expect it to live up to its hype. Well, fortunately "Never Let Me Go" does impress. Coveted as a better version of "The Island", its amazing portrayal of a futuristic dystopia without extreme sci-fi elements is truly a marvel of a story. As rarely as the dystopian theme is explored in the filmmaking industry, one can only imagine how often one of this good calibre comes along.

Cinema Online, 17 March 2011
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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