Never Let Me Go Movie Reviews

September 14, 2010
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We have the Never Let Me Go Movie Reviews here! Read what critics had to say of the Mark Romanek dircetd thriller that stars Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield. Videos and photos after the jump.

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The Never Let Me Go movie reviews have been pouring in since the pictures debut recently at the Toronto Film Festival. Quite honestly I don’t think this will be an Easy A at the box office! I can only imagine a certain group enjoying what Huffington Post refers to as dry.

However, if your not one for all these vampire movies and the recent trend of comic book adaptions than this could be your cup of tea. Never Let Me Go (in the words of the the L.a. Times) goes “defiantly against the grain of a hyperbolic movie culture”, it “is passionate about deliberation and restraint.”

A film adaption of the novel of Kazuo Ishiguro will most likely peek your interest because of the cast and the unsuspected twist. That the trailer itsle doesn’t reveal for obvious reasons.

Directed by Mark Romanek whose resume includes movies like One Hour Photo, among several music videos as well. Making up the three central characters are Keira Knighlty, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfiled. Also on board are actors Charlotte Rampling, Luke Bryant, Oliver Parsons, Hannah Sharp, and Sally Hawkins.

Here’s the official plot summary per IMDb.

“In his highly acclaimed novel NEVER LET ME GO, Kazuo Ishiguro (THE REMAINS OF THE DAY) created a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths. In it he posed the fundamental question: What makes us human? Now director Mark Romanek (ONE HOUR PHOTO), writer Alex Garland and DNA Films bring Ishiguro’s hauntingly poignant and emotional story to the screen. Kathy (Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan, AN EDUCATION), Tommy (Andrew Garfield, BOY A, RED RIDING) and Ruth (Oscar® nominee Keira Knightley, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, ATONEMENT) live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know. They spend their childhood at Hailsham, 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.”

Now on to the Never Let Me Go movie reviews…..

Here’s ABC’s take on Never Let Me Go:

“Some may find its tone suffocatingly heavy, and the score can feel a bit melodramatic and intrusive here and there. But if you give into it, you’ll find yourself sucked into this melancholy alternate world, an ambitious hybrid of sci-fi drama and coming-of-age romance set in a British boarding school.”

RopeofSilicon.Com’s take on the story as a whole. And like many websites, this critic chooses not to reveal the entire plot:

“At Hailsham the secrets of the story begin to come together, but like Ishiguro’s novel, the secret isn’t kept in an effort to create some twisty reveal as much as it is simply treated as a way of life and not something that’s necessarily being kept hidden. Nevertheless, to spoil it would be to cheat you of the experience.”

The L.A. Times review, and how well the three stars came across on screen in their roles:

“Knightley is always convincing as the manipulative Ruth, and Garfield, who stood out in the first part of the “Red Riding” trilogy and is slated to be the next movie Spider-Man, is even better as the pliable, docile Tommy. But the reason “Never Let Me Go” succeeds as well as it does is Mulligan’s work as Kathy.”

This had to be a difficult flick to review, given the plot and our attempt not to ruin the story. Due out in January of 2011, give us your own personal Never Let Me Go Reviews below.

See videos and photos of the cast below.

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One Response to “Never Let Me Go Movie Reviews”

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    Lizzie Borden Says:

    Sick, twisted, and pointless. Isn’t this basically a re-tooled remake of Soylent Green? Wouldn’t waste my $10.00 on it for sure…