Never Let Me Go

If you have seen the trailers you already know our main characters have been raised since infancy in an institution which provides organs for transplants. Is that upsetting enough for you? This is a horror film with very little blood and is a poignantly romantic film with very little sex.

We see the gentle methods used to raise and educate these passive children, consequently we are not surprised to see that they are childlike even as adults. Why have them feel agitated when eventually they comprehend the reality of their situation?

There is a telling episode where two more worldly chums take our three main characters into a "normal" village. They don't know how to cross a street or order a meal. They cluster together like a gaggle of geese. It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

This stellar cast is anchored by:
  • Carey Mulligan ("An Education"), who is the odd girl out in what becomes a romantic triangle;
  • Keira Knightley ("The Duchess") gets the boy;
  • Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network"), is wrenchingly effective as the man-boy who is the object of their affections.
Even though this is beautifully shot and well acted, I had a devil of a time hearing their murmured dialogue. The DVD will be much, much better, because there will be captions. I'll own it just to see Garfield's wonderful performance again.
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