Never Let Me Go


Never Let Me Go
This rather heavy movie features strong performances. Set in a 'possible alternate' world back in the 1950s, we follow three young people who all attended the same private school together. They're not actually people as we would know them, but specially-bred clones, whose sole purpose in life is to provide healthy body parts on demand, for 'real' people. They will donate an organ even if they die as a result. The film examines this situation through the three friends, thereby provoking the viewer to examine their own lives and how they are programmed into for example, accepting their lives as consumers.

112 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Sex).
Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, On the art circuit
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Credits

Cast
Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Kiera Knightley, Isobel Meikle-Small, Charlie Rowe, Ella Purnell, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins
Director
Mark Romanek
ScreenplayAlex Garland, from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
MusicRachel Portman
CinematographyAdam Kimmel
EditingBarney Pilling
Sound formatsDolby
Made in2010
Produced byDNA Films, Film4, Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageNone
NudityBrief scenes of sexual nudity, exposure of breasts
SexSome scenes of moderate simulated sex with suggestive sounds, references to sex, persusal of a pornographic magazine
ViolenceDisturbing surgical procedures, sustained intense tons of threat and menace, emotional and psychological
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsSad haunting themes.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
1
Blood / Gore / Gross
4
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
1
Alcohol / Drugs
1
Smoking
1
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
0
Music (Scary/Tense)
1
Music (Inappropriate)
1
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Christy Lemire quote iconMelancholic coming-of-age tale
10
Die Burger
Paul Boekkooi quote iconInroverte meesterstuk aangrypend
20
Cape Times
Stephen Farber quote iconClone love story slow to spark any life
10
Box Office
Pam Grady quote iconThis is an elegant production, but one that lives or dies on the strength of its characters and performances; it delivers on both counts.
18
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThis is such a meditative, delicate film. I heard some snuffling about me in the darkness. These poor people are innocent. They have the same hopes everyone has. It is so touching that they gladly give their organs to humankind. Greater love hath no man, than he who gives me his kidney, especially his second one.
20
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconIntelligent, visually distinctive and featuring strong performances by its three young leads, this dystopic tale also proves to be disappointingly inert as a dramatic work.
10
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconWhen it comes to observing its central three characters, Never Let Me Go rarely stumbles but in filling in the blanks around them and developing the world and society of which they are victims, the movie (even more than the book) leaves us hanging. The story is in a way a victim of its own inventiveness in that it provides a fascinating backstory that is addressed only in throw-away lines and insignificant subplots.
13
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconHere's a movie you can't get out of your head, a sci-fi horror story with the seductive allure of a classic romance. The melancholy attached to the impermanence of life and love suffuses this film, making it memorably haunting and hypnotic.
18
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconThe performances from the youngsters and the better-known young adults are all fine, but they're stuck swimming upstream in what's otherwise a sinking ship. And since that vehicle is going down rather than forward, the momentum drags and the overall experience becomes tiresome, especially when you're more likely to be questioning the whys rather than feeling for the characters' horrible plight.
8
Metacritic.com
37 critics
14
Rottentomatoes critics
144 critics
14
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconWith 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.
14

What the People say

Internet
13630 Netizens quote iconA mixed reaction to an abridgment of greatness
15

Average .. 71%

14

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