Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek, 2010)

What's it about? Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Ruth (Keira Knightly) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) have grown up together in a private British boarding school and their relationship has developed into an awkward love triangle. But something seems strange with their world. Why do they not have surnames? Why do they wear electronic wristbands? And what's all this talk of donors and carers?

Never Let Me Go......to the Hairdresser
Is it any good? A thoughtful, melancholy, dystopian drama. However, it is probably too restrained and slow-moving for its own good, resulting, rather ironically given its themes, in a film that is a little cold and soulless. Despite the impressive performances of the three leads, the characters are never really as interesting as the world they live in, which frustratingly is not fleshed out as much as one might like. Nevertheless, whilst the central premise is not exactly new, it's still unsettling enough for the film to linger in the mind for a while and might make you think twice about that donor card.

Anything else I should know? Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, who also provided the source material for the similarly restrained and awkward The Remains of the Day. Lighten up, man!

What does the Fonz think? One donated thumb up.





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