Opening 14 Apr 2011
Writing credits: Kazuo Ishiguro, Alex Garland
Principal actors: Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins
Starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield and Kiera Knightley, Never Let Me Go is based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and directed by Mark Romanek. The screenplay is by Alex Garland.
The story follows the lives of three children who grow up together at an English boarding school. The seemingly idyllic school is founded on a disturbing practice – all the children have been cloned with the sole purpose of becoming organ donors when they are older. Kathy (Mulligan) has loved Tommy (Garfield) for as long as she can remember, but it is her friend Ruth (Knightley) who eventually becomes his lover. For many years their lives are intertwined, then they get separated and finally reconnect when Ruth's health has deteriorated significantly after donating a second organ. Few donors survive beyond the third. It is a time for Ruth to make amends with the friend she knows she had hurt badly and for Kathy and Tommy to acknowledge their love for each other and see if there is some way to postpone the inevitable.
While the acting in the movie is all round excellent, the unfolding of the story stretches credibility to the limit. The idea of children being cloned is disturbing but possible, on the other hand, the way they accept their fate with little questioning or resistance is hard to believe – particularly once they start becoming independent and interacting with the "normal" world, which they appear to be totally free to do. (Osanna Vaughn)