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Never Let Me Go (2010)

Keira Knightley , Carey Mulligan , Mark Romanek  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Izzy Meikle-Small, Charlie Rowe
  • Directors: Mark Romanek
  • Writers: Alex Garland, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Producers: Alex Garland, Allon Reich, Andrew Macdonald, Joanne Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EQAVHI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,101 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Never Let Me Go" on IMDb

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    Academy Award® Nominees Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley, co-star with talented newcomer Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) in this poignant and powerful film. Kathy (Mulligan), Ruth (Knightley) and Tommy (Garfield) are best friends who grow up together at an English boarding school with a chilling secret. When they learn the shocking truth--that they are genetically engineered clones raised to be organ donors--they embrace their fleeting chance to live and love. Based on the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day), Never Let Me Go is an intriguing exploration of hope and humanity.

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    117 of 126 people found the following review helpful
    Kazuo Ishiguro's hauntingly enigmatic novel "Never Let Me Go" is a challenging artistic work that requires its readers to decipher a mysterious story arc that is never fully unveiled in the text. It's complicated to describe, but the brilliance of the work is what it doesn't say--and this ambiguity, when all the pieces finally fall into place, reveal a unique and disturbing alternate reality. It's a difficult piece to conceptualize and adapt to a visual medium, so I was curious to see what director Mark Romanek and writer Alex Garland might bring to the table. Those hoping for a literal translation might, indeed, be disappointed in the film incarnation of "Never Let Me Go" which can't replicate the novel's precise and measured revelations. However, this lovely and thoughtful film does succeed in its own right as a heartbreaking examination on the nature of humanity.

    "Never Let Me Go" does honor Ishiguro's novel in tone, pacing, and mood. Gentle and idyllic, but austere and bleak when necessary, this is a subtle film that requires and rewards patience. The film establishes, from the first frame, that we're embarking on a parallel timeline in which medical science is greatly advanced from our current world. In the British countryside, we meet three youths--Kathy (the film's narrator), Tommy and Ruth--at a tony boarding school named Hailsham. Hailsham students serve a special purpose and their entire existence is lived within the walls of the academy. The three friends form a love triangle of sorts with Kathy and Tommy seeming to be soul mates and Ruth becoming the romantic foil. A treatise on unrequited love, the film follows the kids to young adulthood as they leave the confines of Hailsham at eighteen before fulfilling their final destiny.
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    73 of 77 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars What would we do for more life? October 21, 2010
    First of all, I haven't read the 2005 novel by Kazuo Ishigiro that this film is based on, nor did I know much of anything about it apart from the basics (dystopian English alternate-world story) before seeing the film. So the few problems I mention or areas that I feel the film is deficient in dealing with are wholly a product of my experience with the movie - I suspect that some of these issues might be less problematic in the novel. As you can see from my rating and review, I think the positives far outweigh the negatives.

    Second of all, if you know even less than I did, be prepared for **SPOILERS**

    All that out of the way, what we have here is a story taking place in a roughly contemporary (1978-94) England, a country (and presumably, world) radically changed by medical advances that did not happen in our world. Or...maybe. The most fascinating element of this film to me, and I'm sure the most infuriating to many viewers, is that we never get a really clear picture as to just what the technology is, how things have changed. The focus here is not on technology, on the science fictional aspects, on gadgetry or medicine. We get a few references to cloning, but never any details; we learn fairly quickly that the children we're introduced to at the Hailsham boarding school have a "special" destiny, and the film follows three of them in particular, one of whom, Kathy (Izzy Meikle-Small as a child/Carey Mulligan as an adult) narrates the film from 1994 at around the age of 30.

    Kathy, her companions Tommy (Charlie Rowe/Andrew Garfield) and Ruth (Ella Purnell/Keira Knightley) are all being raised in a comfortable, serene - almost idyllic - countryside school to face a very particular and peculiar destiny.
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    43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Even More Moving the Second Time January 13, 2011
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    "The breakthrough in medical science came in 1952
    Doctors could now cure the previous incurable
    By 1967, life expectancy passed 100 years"

    And so begins Never Let Me Go, a downbeat adaptation of a book I've never had the pleasure of reading by Kazuo Ishiguro. This film is an exercise in understatement; rarely have I seen a film that's so emotional and yet avoids bravado and manages to depict these emotions in such a gentle way. This is no straight-forward drama and there's an unconventional element to the story that I feel would be best to keep secret from the potential viewer. Unfortunately, it's difficult to discuss/critique the film without disclosing that element. With that said, the secret comes out very early into the movie so don't feel that I'm spoiling anything for you.

    Besides a brief opening scene, the film opens in 1978 at a boarding school called Hailsham. While headmistress Miss Emily (Charlotte Rampling) gives her daily announcement to the students, it becomes clear that Hailsham is not the typical boarding school. The health of the students is greatly important and the students' existence is a sheltered one, completely cut off from the world outside the boundaries of the school. Students are at the age where romantic ideals begin to blossom and young Kathy H. takes a liking to a boy named Tommy. Those wondering what the purpose of Hailsham is don't have to wait very long as a disenchanted guardian named Miss Lucy (Sally Hawkins) soon enlightens them that their purpose is to grow up and donate their vital organs before their "short-life" will be completed. As this chapter of the film comes to a close, Kathy watches her friend Ruth and Tommy grow close. These childhood scenes are handled with great sentiment, but also with great austerity.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average story of love and friendship
    Not everyone will like this movie, based on a futuristic concept, but I found it interesting and like the lead actors.
    Published 15 days ago by June Kenney
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Ok
    Published 29 days ago by Mary Beckwith
    5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT movie. Just wonderful
    GREAT movie. Just wonderful. Not crazy about Keira Knightley, normally, but she really is superb in this. Translates from the book very well.
    Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars True enough to the book to be worth a look.
    True enough to the book to be worth a look.
    Published 1 month ago by J. R. Staton
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Does the book justice.
    Published 2 months ago by jemerte
    5.0 out of 5 stars If you like movies like Gattaca and Another Earth you probably would...
    Well written and well acted. If you like movies like Gattaca and Another Earth you probably would like this movie.
    Published 2 months ago by Tim Gilmore
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Haunting performances in this Brit flick. Beautiful to watch but horrific to contemplate the world it describes. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Mark
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    very good
    Published 2 months ago by Michel E. Spichiger
    5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent piece of work from all concerned
    An excellent piece of work from all concerned. Fine performances, direction, storyline, atmosphere, all contribute to moving and involving experience. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Roland Moswick
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Very solid interpretation of the book.
    Published 2 months ago by Timothy Jacob Stout
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