[NOTE: Never Let Me Go is built around a premise that reveals itself gradually with unsettling banality. The circumstances are made clear early on, but if you’d rather discover the situation unprepared then you’ll want to skip reading about the details that any review will have trouble avoiding. This one included.]
Never Let Me Go is a dystopian film in England that is based on the famous book with the same name. A school of students are being groomed to healthy lives for their respective “real” selves in the outside world. However, this is not a science-fiction movie at all. Although part of it is based on coming to terms with reality, the movie’s strength and core is coming to terms with relationships and love. Unfortunately, the movie distances itself from the viewer too much to ever really shock viewers when its main emotional scenes arrive.
I have not read the book, but there are some tough themes to deal with, and I think it’s something that works better on paper then onscreen. Carey Mulligan effectively leads the way with Keira Knightley trying her best to keep up. Both are far superior to the new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, who forces sadness throughout the movie, and is given a predicted scene that doesn’t work when seen visually. Although can one really say that it was Garfield’s fault for that scene? Carey Mulligan’s second tremendous lead performance shows that she’s one of the best young actresses around. She shows longing without forcing a tear or a scream, usually its just in a stare that includes confusion and jealousy while she watches the loveless couple go at it in the cottages.