#40 / 365 – ‘Never Let Me Go’ – 104 mins
Cinema Challenge #17 / 115
As children, Ruth (Keira Knightley), Kathy (Carey Mulligan) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield), spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the true reality that awaits them.
After a sombre opening, screenwriter Alex Garland (’28 Days Later’) adapts Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel of the same name to give us a haunting look of how manufactured society is set to become for these for these three pupils of Hailsham over 20-years, in this mix of would you call it sci-fi? and romantic drama.
There are fine performances on show here, as a love triangle evolves the three leads and in particularly the always reliable Mulligan. Director Mark Romanek (‘One Hour Photo’) does an impressive job of putting you in a cold, dark, depressing place that they seem to be infinitely stuck in and credit for it being original, but ultimately in the end I felt too detached from characters as much they were detached from reality themselves.