1 hour, 44 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for some sexuality and nudity.
DVD Features: The secrets of Never Let Me Go; Director Mark Romanek's on-set photography; Tommy's art; National donor program & Hailsham campaign graphics.
Carey Mulligan ... Kathy
Andrew Garfield ... Tommy
Keira Knightley ... Ruth
Charlotte Rampling ... Miss Emily
Sally Hawkins ... Miss Lucy
Ella Purnell ... Young Ruth
Charlie Rowe ... Young Tommy
Isobel Meikle-Small ... Young Kathy
| The film which is based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, who also wrote Remains of the Day, begins at Hailsham, an idyllic British boarding school where children are taught to fear the
outside world, to always obey instructions, and to take meticulous care
of their bodies. They have no last names because they are not ordinary
people. Gradually, we learn that they are scientific specimens,
created in the laboratory and raised in order to provide their
organs to desperately ill patients. They know that these donations will begin sometime in their mid-20s, and will continue as many as four times before they will die.
When the children leave Hailsham, they move on to a place called The Cottages, where they do little
more than wistfully regret their cruel fate. Narrator Kathy (Carey
Mulligan "An Education") is the silent suffering type, watching for many pained years
as her flighty and glamorous best friend Ruth (Keira Knightly "Pride and Prejudice") takes up with the boy she has loved since she was a child, the painfully shy Tommy (Andrew Garfield " The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"). But we all realize that Kathy is a much better match for Tommy.
Throughout the film, director Mark Romanek ("One Hour Photo") impressively sustains the melancholy mood which only manages to depress you more and more as you begin to contemplate the fates of these beautiful young people. You rarely see Kathy, Tommy
and Ruth laugh together once they're adults, and though they are
supposedly avoiding the truth about their fates, so many of their
conversations revolve around it one way or another.
Despite the lush visuals and romantic Rachel Portman score Never Let Me Go is basically a haunting but tedious and depressing movie, which never lets you forget what will ultimately befall each of these ill-fated characters.