‘Never Let Me Go’ a surprising tale of romance, thrills

October 22, 2010 Review Print Print

“Never Let Me Go” is a romance, a story of undying love.

That being said, the thought of seeing a British romance movie starring Keira Knightley turned my stomach.

But “Never let Me Go” is romance that can be tolerated and even appreciated by most any male.

It is a film which incorporates ideas of cloning and organ-farming to give the movie a depth and a uniqueness which I did not anticipate.

The film starts by saying that in the near future all disease has been eliminated.

How it has been eliminated the viewer does not know.

As the movie goes on we come to know the three main characters: Ruth (Keira Knightley), Tommy (Andrew Garfield), and Kathy (Carey Mulligan).

The children are being raised for their organs, to be harvested at a future date.

They learn of their fate because of a rogue teacher in the children’s boarding school.

The teacher tells the children that when they reach their mid-twenties their organs will be collected to assure the survival of others.

The movie is set in England in the not-so- distant future.

As the film progresses we see Ruth, Tommy, and Kathy as mature young adults wrestling with their own bleak destiny.

Kathy and Tommy fall in love and a strained relationship between Ruth and Kathy ensues as a result.

The acting in the film is very good in that it is unnoticeable.

One grows attached the characters without ever being reminded that they are actors.

Knightley and Mulligan turn in performances that are impeccable.

The cinematography beautifully compliments the action on the screen without taking away from it.

“Never Let Me Go” is film which never lets one down.

It is a pleasantly surprising film that will touch the viewer while at the same time challenging his or her notions of morality.

Rating: A-

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