Never Let Me Go
- Reviewed by Charis Scott-Holm
- Published on February 9th, 2011 at 10:01p.m.
- Updated on February 9th, 2011 at 10:04p.m.
PLEASE NOTE- Spoilers! Sorry guys! Please don't read it if you don't want to know!!!
As a story of love, loyalty, friendship, and the limits of lifespan, Mark Romanek's version of Kazuo Ishaguro's 'Never Let Me Go' certainly does the trick. As a quasi sci-fi film in a mutant Britain where a sub-class of humans are bred for their organs, its less entertaining than a wet weekend in …...... (insert desired boring place name here).
The film is a coming of age tale about childhood friends Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan, who are raised in a strict boarding school, endure a love triangle, then grow up to part ways and accept their fates, before circumstances reunite them once more with tragic results...
Unfortunately, I began to feel like I couldn't take the tenderness of the interwoven relationships between the leads seriously because the premise just didn't wash with me, which for me is a fault of the story rather than the film, which despite being loved by millions of people, just wasn't personally my cup tea.
(That's if it has stayed true to the book, maybe someone who's read it could let me know?)
I just couldn't undertand why the characters didn't fight against their fate. I suppose the fact that the characters were happy enough in their demise was supposed to make it all the more poignant and sad, but it just left me with a deep feeling of despair.
At one point, knowing exactly what was coming sank in- and I actually wanted to leave the cinema so I didn't have to witness the oh-so inevitable tragedy unfold.
Even strong performances by some of Britain's most enlightening young actors couldn't really save this film from the complete misery I felt when leaving the cinema, as if all hope in life as we know it had gone.
Perhaps those with a much less melancholy disposition than mine will see a lot of beauty in the film, and take more from its message of making the most out of life and treating people as equals, and find the performances as mesmerising as they could have been, perhaps in different circumstances.