Never Let Me Go: Blu Ray Review
Never Let Me Go
Released by 20th Century Fox
2005 book by Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go has been adapted for the screen by
It starts with an announcement that
in 1952, a medical breakthrough means the average life expectancy now extends
past 100 years old.
Then we fade into an idyllic English boarding
school where we meet Carey Mulligan's narrator Kathy H as a school kid - she's
been best friends with Ruth since forever. And their lives are completed by the
friendship Kathy forms with Tommy (Andrew Garfield).
Gradually the bonds grow stronger between the trio - as their
confined existence grows.
The children there are
essentially clones, being nurtured as organ donors for those outside in the real
world. In a climate of oppression, they're told never to leave the grounds, have
limited social interaction with the outside world (they're taught in classes how
to order tea in cafes) and are encouraged to paint for inclusion in an exclusive
But it's not good for the trio - Kathy's
lost Tommy to a relationship with Keira Knightley's Ruth.
Years pass - and the three of them find their lives permanently
intertwined as their inevitable path plays out.
Never Let Me Go is haunting, harrowing, depressing and yet incredibly
powerfully compelling viewing.
It begins with an air of mystery
and intrigue as you know there's something different about these children but
the reality of what it is evades you initially.
Once the truth comes out (via a great interruption by Sally Hawkins'
disruptive school teacher who's honest with the kids), it suddenly adds a level
of poignancy to this forlorn trio
three hander, this film is wonderfully acted by all three - Mulligan is hypnotic
and shines as a detached forlorn Kathy, doomed to never be with her love;
Knightley adds a subtlety to the manipulative Ruth and there's real anguish in
Never Let Me Go will stay with
you long after you've finished watching.
Behind the scenes, photos - not a major bunch for a good film.