Saturday, October 2, 2010
Movie Review: "Never Let Me Go"
"Never Let Me Go" is the kind of movie I have been so hungry for, that I risk exaggerating its merits beyond what this delicate work will bear. It is a faithful adaptation a popular literary novel, well-acted (practically inhabited) by a talented cast, directed with sensitivity, and photographed glowingly.
It's a quiet film. We are drawn closely to a group of young characters who adjust to, or are destroyed by, an unusual world; characters who learn disturbing truths about themselves; and whose stories hold universal truths. It's an emotional experience, but not manipulative. It will leave viewers sad, thoughtful, protective of these characters. It's a substantial film, laudably sincere and serious, one that viewers can take with them, to think about and feel, to connect to their lives in some way.
"Never Let Me Go" is science fiction. But it has none of the surface trappings of the genre: no metallic machines or robots, space-age noise or brassy orchestral score. With its gentle tone, and an overall wistfulness of doomed romance and inevitable fate, this film resembles the 1968 Cliff Robertson Oscar-winner "Charly".
It is hard to write about this movie while skirting the central conflict. I hope those who have not seen it will be intrigued, and inspired to give it a try. Prepare to be haunted by an unusual story, and get ready to love three unforgettable characters who desperately yearn to find meaning in an absurd world.