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Summary: As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.
Pros: The trio of lead actors all give exceptional performances. The dialogue and narration are well-written. The film looks beautiful, with thoughtfully-composed shots of picturesque locations taken in flattering horizontal sunlight. The score is traditional but very well-suited. Cons: The only slight shortcoming is in the story, which is more or less a downward slider all the way, and lacks some dramatic tension or dynamics. But a very solid retro sci-fi film nonetheless, well worth watching.
In its better moments it's about old people, the rest of the time the setup feels so misguided that any metaphorical meaning turns pretentious. That the filmmaking then is so tastefully deliberate and that scenes only vary in shades of studied regret makes it all just worse.
A bitter and humane story told cleverly by leaving all scifi elements vague and without using any emotional/ethical cliché of similar genre movies. Beautiful visuals and music and storytelling somehow reminded me of my favorite movie, remains of the day. One of the best movies of 2010.
I seem to have liked this more than a lot of people, though I was never the biggest fan of the book (I like the book and the film about the same). The book is thematically richer whereas the film can feel a bit shallow in comparison, but I really enjoyed the film's ethereal quality whereas the narrative style of the book irritated me at times.
Depressing, slow and dull version of The Island... Mulligan and Garfield act great. Knightley trying to catch up with them with her fake and forceful acting; but cant succeed. Very good movie visually but lacks the overall sentiment we should be feeling for these naive young people...
A very engaging and emotional film driven by the acting of such talented young actors. Garfield and Mulligan have wonderful chemistry and Knightley just compliments them so well. This film is a beautiful look at lives that are going to be tragically cut short and the cinematography is so real and so raw that helps add to the bitter reality that awaits these character. Never Let Me Go is an emotional film, Characterization of this calibre is often unheard of in todays films. Brilliant film.
Actors are awesome, and performances are good, but the premise of the story was just pathetic, as was the story telling. If you can get past the ridiculous back story, you find beautiful actors doing their level best. There were too many dull moments, the director was terrible. Some parts just dragged along for what seemed forever. Carey Mulligan saved almost every scene she is in so by the end you might not care that the premise is so incredibly stupid or the story is so inept.
Glad I knew nothing of this storyline before seeing it fed to me through steady dripping drops. I wouldn't want to spoil it for you, but if you know only of the film's DVD cover before seeing it, then you'll end being shocked at how dark and disturbing this sci-fi premise is.
Mulligan is a revelation. That such a marvelous performance is wasted on this script is almost unbearable. Apparently the book is amazing, not that you can tell. Presumably an emotional core got lost somewhere in the adaptation, as the main flaw is that it's impossible to invest in the characters. How they deal with their situation (or, rather, the fact that they don't at all) is unacceptable to me and by the end I loathed them and hated the movie's unearned pretentions. Massive disappointment!
Beautifully directed, phenomenally well-acted love story set in an alternate past. This is a subversion on the typical Hollywood fare and actually invites audience interpretation and reflection. Rather than belittling the characters for their atypical response to their "purpose", I condemned a world that would marginalise and trample on the underclass so carelessly, at once reminded of the brevity and preciousness of life. Remarkably restrained and poetic in its elegance
Perhaps it says more about me than anything else that I become impatient with movies that seem overly preoccupied with the "delicacy" of human emotion. However original the idea, the execution was all too by-the-numbers, and the actors seemed to have been directed to give mannered performances with much pausing between words and phrases. The longer it went on, the slighter its virtues seemed. The conclusion was simply trite. Yet another film in the thrall of orange-and-teal colour filtering.
A laugh riot this is not. It is, however, a subtle, touching and effective science fiction film. The acting is very good throughout; Mulligan (I'd only seen her in Doctor Who previously) in particular shining. Romanek displays a deft touch with the camera and direction; although experienced in music videos, this is a very strong feature debut. There is a feel, an atmosphere, I can't quite put my finger on here, but it reminded me of the best 70s science fiction. Bleak, but very good.
Echoes of Children of Men in one heck of a sophomore effort for Romanek that says much about the human condition and the power of love, without being pandering. A truly depressing film, but one that shouldn't be missed. Great performances by the three young leads (Knightley, Garfield, and Mulligan). One of the best films of 2010.