Well-made with great performances, in many ways a nice companion piece to DEATH WATCH. Too bad the film is too short to allow us to sit with the characters and get a feel for their lives, and the relationship between the central characters is reduced to its too-bare essentials.
Quiet, delicately-acted existential drama that uses the science fiction label to great personal benefit. The visual aspects of Never Let Me Go (set and costume design, framing, mise en scène) often feel overwrought/contrived. Beautiful color palette. Mulligan and Knightley have great chemistry. Garfield is frustrating. Not only does he look like a dope, but the "insights" of his narrative re:Art seem forced/facile.
Subtle science fiction might be one of my favorite genres in film. And "Never Let Me Go" is a great example of this.
This was a beautiful and tragic movie. To be honest, I was crying throughout most of the movie, but I'm a baby when it comes to dramas. I highly recommend this movie, especially if you need a good cry.
Wow. Beautiful acting from Garfield and Mulligan. If this was a Hollywood film it would have the three friends breaking out the gats and taking on the Hailsham regime and, with the help of Bruce Willis as a dishevelled dissident, fighting their way to the evil lair of the headmistres before a fight against cloned femmebot teachers. But it's all the better as a study in the melancholy of accepting their alloted fates.
Hmmm there was something missing. But I don't know what.There was a nice feeling to that movie, and I liked all of the actors' performances, but I wasn't concerned by the chararcter's future, nor touched by their feelings.
The movie feels like it's going to start any second, but it kinda gets stuck there, wasting a great instrumental score.
This is one of those stories that captures a small place in your heart and mind and never let goes of it ... Rachel Portman’s haunting background score makes sure that the essence of the movie mixes with your innermost core feelings and stays with you as if it is part of your own memory ... and would continue to be there till the time we all complete ...
Raises some interesting questions, but the focus isn't on its sci-fi premise, but on the characters - which is where it really falls flat. The performances are fine, but it never digs deep enough beneath the surface of its melancholy atmosphere to achieve any kind of dramatic tension or emotional payoff. Not a bad film, but kind of bland and strangely uninvolving.
Beautifully acted, there is an obviousness to the story that stops the arc from truly gripping. The premise is intriguing but it's shallowly handled and fails to let the audience truly feel the emotional impact of the characters' destinies. Have not read the source material so cannot comment on whether that is the fault of the book or this adaptation.
Get yourself prepared for an intense journey and a different genre. Adapted from a best seller with the blessings of the author, this movie made me question the notion of sacrifice. It is common in our daily lives that we choose to close our eyes, or look the other way when we want to avoid a scene would burden our conscious later on. This movie is telling us what has been going on during our eyes were wide shut.
It works well as a film, I just felt it was too short. Like it didn't have a proper build up, or even a climax. As a story of the negative side of a utopia, it works well, showing us how medical advances will not always be just. I think it provides the characters with enough human-ness to show how unfair that society is. The cinematography and mood are perfect for the story.