Movie Review - Never Let Me Go

Movie Review - Never Let Me Go

by David Schuster


Mulligan, Knightley, and Garfield in “Never Let Me Go”

Have you ever seen a movie that you knew all the critics loved but you walked out absolutely hating? Well, “Never Let Me Go” is a perfect example of that for me. I will say up front that the cast is excellent and I’ll go even further and say that the acting is pretty good but the story is so damn dark and depressing that you just can’t get by those facts.

The movie stars Keira Knightely, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield who are three kids who grow up in what you first think is some kind of English boarding school. You sense something is wrong with this setting and slowly you realize that these kids have been spawned only for their body parts to be used as replacements for the more worthy.
The kids themselves don’t realize this until they reach their late teens and by then they search for a way out of their sure fate. Along the way the screenwriters explore the feelings of love, jealousy and. betrayal but, again, the movie is such a downer that I couldn’t have cared less. I just wanted to see if these three had any chance of getting out of their destiny and I’ll save you the suspense and tell you no they don’t.

Eventually all three perish as they are slowly dissected (one organ at a time) and I was just glad that I wasn’t going out to eat afterward.

What I will say is that beauty is always in the eye of the beholder when it comes to movies. Some people might actually love dribble like this (and many critics did) but I couldn’t wait for it to end and thankfully it finally did. The critics almost unanimously gave this movie four stars but I’m pretty much at the opposite end of the spectrum. I’m giving it a weak single –  one star and recommending you pass on this one.

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