Thursday, June 23, 2011

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Director: Mark Romanek. Cast: Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins. 103 min. Rated R. UK/USA. Drama/Romance.

This story, written by Kazuo Ishiguro (Remains of the Day), is actually a sci-fi, but the writer and director solely keep the melodramatic/romantic aftermath of the sci-fi in the forefront for a very wise reason: the science of the story has so many logical holes, if the three-way love story was not used as a strong distraction, the movie would fall apart. I'd rather not give away the sci-fi elements (other than it involves organ transplant), but in general, despite the seamless directing, at the end I felt somewhat betrayed. For a better movie on the same themes, watch Moon.

Mo says:


  1. Agree...there are some holes in the plot which were not defined to the audience...I couldn't get much about sci-fiction elements and key points before reading the synopsis...I think Blade runner is a better example fpr bringing the the concept of having sole and feeling and love in clones...but I should go to Moon as you recommend.

  2. Rarely there's a movie as good as "Blade Runner" along these themes, but still, even though "Moon" wasn't very widely advertised, it's a movie that encourages much more thinking and discussion, compared to "Never Let Me Go".