Never Let Me Go (2010)
Critic Consensus: With Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek has delivered a graceful adaptation that captures the spirit of the Ishiguro novel -- which will be precisely the problem for some viewers.
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Never Let Me Go is gorgeous. And depressing. It's exquisitely acted. And depressing. It's romantic, profound and superbly crafted, shot with the self-contained radiance of a snow globe. And it's depressing.
Oddly cold and detached, as if director Mark Romanek and screenwriter Alex Garland couldn't decide precisely how to interpret Kazuo Ishiguro's popular novel and so they just laid it out flat. And flat it feels.
Never Let Me Go, director Mark Romanek's introspective adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, is a work of subtle beauty -- a melancholy meditation on the finality of life and the choices we make as our time shortens.
Audience Reviews for Never Let Me Go
This melancholy and depressing film adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's dystopian sci-fi novel tells an achingly sad story that avoids any sort of easy preaching and offers a delicate meditation on time and the transience of life, with intense performances from its main trio.
A sad tone poem about the lives of clones developed purely to harvest their body parts. Can't say more than that, can one? But I'll try. Good performances, solid production values and yet ... the whole movie's like getting a bowl of hot, melted ice cream at your dearly beloved grandmother's funeral. Like taking a group of puppies to the animal shelter. Like being the only one to work on Christmas Day and finding you have to do a double cause yer relief's not coming in. You get it. I kept asking myself: " How long can this go on?"
I can understand that the message the film gives is pretty awesome. However, I couldn't really connect with the movie as much as I wanted to. I felt most of it was forced and too dour to be relatable.
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