'Never Let Me Go'



By: ILAN MESTER  
Published: September 16th 2010
in Culture » Movies

Carey Mulligan (far left) stars in "Never Let Me Go"
Pic: Fox Searchlight Pictures

A stellar cast and a moving story make Never Let Me Go a somber, memorable film. Part sci-fi, part drama and part romance, the film moves at a slow yet suspenseful pace.

 

Based on the celebrated novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go tells the story of Kathy (played by Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan) and her two friends Ruth (Keira Knightley) and Tommy (Spider-Man to-be Andrew Garfield). The story kicks off in the late 1970’s at a British school named Hailsham. Judging by its appearance, Hailsham looks like your average boarding school. However, students at the school are discouraged to leave the premises and encouraged to be meticulous about their health - that's all I'll say.

 

Directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), adapted by Alex Garland (28 Days Later) and narrated by Mulligan’s character, Never Let Me Go demands stellar performances of its three stars - and rest assured they deliver them. The actors who play younger versions of the three main characters are equally convincing. 

 

The film’s bleak aesthetic helps set the tone of a story that unfolds slowly. In fact, it’s slow pace might turn many viewers away from seeing the flick. But those who don’t mind may be in for a treat. 

 

The movie premiered at TIFF and is out in Canadian theatres. 



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