Review: Never Let Me Go (2011)

Never Let Me Go is a British dystopian drama film. The film stars Carey Mulligan (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Greatest, An Education), Keira Knightley (Atonement, Domino, Bend It Like Beckham) and Andrew Garfield(Boy A, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, The Social Network)The film is directed by Mark Romenek (Static and One Hour Photo).

The film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Kathy (Carey Mulligan), a young woman in her early thirties, recalls her childhood years growing up with her friends Ruth (Keira Knightley) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) at Hailsham, an idyllic-seeming English boarding school. The Hailsham regime taught its pupils to believe they were special, encouraging creativity, sporting activity and a healthy lifestyle, reinforced by regular medical checks. The children were sheltered from the outside world, and afraid of what lay beyond the school gates, though this had little impact on their day-to-day happiness. But as they grew older, they learned that a dark secret hung over their future. And for Kathy, Ruth and Tommy came the discovery of deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threatened to pull them apart. 

This is a really great role for Carey Mulligan, she plays a women that is clearly still in love for the one person who was essentially stolen from her. She narrates the film and you can hear this in her voice. That sense of sadness in her voice and appearance. Mulligans performance is almost on par with her portrayal in An Education.

Keira Knightly, even though i’m not a fan of her she does however play these bitchy characters well. Don’t know what that says about her if i’m honest. Knightly delivers these seething bitter blows to Mulligan’s character so well you almost don’t care about her and will, correctly root for Mulligan.

Andrew Garfield was fantastic, another award nominating performance which should of been recognised at the Oscars but thats a different argument. Garfield can really play the awkward, naive and heart warming person really well. He was perfectly casted to complete the love triangle of the film.

The film is incredibly emotional and in some places very funny, example would be the cafe scene when there ordering food. I found it very bitter-sweet with more towards bitter in the sense of the film as a whole. It’s a very sad film but it’s also really good and guaranty that you leave without feeling emotional in some way. I’d recommend this film defiantly and give it 4/5.


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