3/03/2011

Movie Review: Never Let Me Go (2010)


Samuel Butler once said "It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all." I'm sure author Kazuo Ishiguro didn't have that in mind when he penned Never Let Me Go,but it sure seems like it.

The film stars some of Hollywood's promising young stars (Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Kiera Knightly) but the story's premise is far from the promise of potential. In the film, the three leads portray clones whose sole purpose is to "donate" organs to those who need them. In effect, their lives are cut short as soon as they reach adulthood and the center of the story is how they come to grips and deal with their destiny.

This is not a feel good movie-- the moment I saw the trailer, I felt that there was a tragic underpinning and I was right. This is a pretty sad, but moving movie. There are a lot of existentialist aspects to the movie that will be sure depress some folks. But there are bright spots though; the performances of Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield were superb.

Never Let Me Go is a contemplative and moving film that should be watched on a good mood. Otherwise, prepare a pick-me-upper after the film.


Rating: 3/5


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