Never Let Me Go: movie review
Based on Ishiguro’s acclaimed novel, ‘Never Let Me Go’ is moving and mournful.
“Never Let Me Go,” adapted from the acclaimed 2006 novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and directed by Mark Romanek, is a dystopian creepfest about British boarding school students who are cultivated for a nefarious purpose I shall not disclose.
But I can say that director Mark Romanek, in making parable about the life force and its losses, overdoes the lifelessness. The film’s imperious drabness is doubtless intentional, but it makes for a wearying experience.
The excellent cast is headed by Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield. They have a depleted, slightly zombified demeanor, and you feel for them. “Never Let Me Go” is strangely moving and mournful, but I wish more had been made of the beauty these people are relinquishing, if only as a counterweight to all that artful drear. Grade: B (Rated R for some sexuality and nudity.)
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