Never Let Me Go

Stars: ★★★1/2

Year: 2010

Country: United Kingdom

Director: Mark Romanek

Cast: Carey Mulligan (Kathy), Andrew Garfield (Tommy), Keira Knightley (Ruth)

Genre:  Drama – Science Fiction


I got interested in the film Never Let Me Go from the moment I saw its beautiful poster and the names of Andrew Garfield and Keira Knightley in it. I skipped  trailers and reviews and jumped directly into it… without knowing it was Science Fiction. Certainly not my cup of tea. But this movie is a bit more than just that, and though I didn’t love it, I can think of at least one reason that makes it worth-seeing.

Based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s book, Never Let Me Go is about human clones, who are raised with the single aim of donating vital organs to their “originals”. A 28-year-old Kathy H. remembers the times of her childhood and adolescence, lived amongst the people of her own kind, like Tommy and Ruth. We are shown, through her eyes, how these “people” go on with their lives, even though their destination is already defined, and they know it.

This movie may probably remind you of The Island (2005), starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. They have many similarities, but are very different at the same time. While The Island focuses on the characters’ attempt to avoid their cruel fate, Never Let Me Go pays more attention to the protagonists’ feelings, rather than to thrilling action scenes. There are no action scenes, in fact. Because Kathy, Tommy and Ruth never try to escape. They regard their donations and early death as something inevitable. And that’s what makes the movie so devastating.

Yes, this movie is sad. No matter the point you’re viewing it from, it is sad. Nevertheless, it was not dramatic enough as to make me cry or feel moved. I don’t know if that is good or bad. What I do know is that this film lacks something. Maybe a stronger plot, a more touching atmosphere or a magnificient performance from the cast… It feels as though the filmmakers didn’t squeeze all the juice out of their movie. And that’s a shame.

I mentioned before that I could think of at least one reason that makes Never Let Me Go worth-seeing. Well, that reason is its wonderful photography. From the carefully chosen customes and characters’ appareance, to the beauty of the landscapes and close-up shots. The aesthetic of the film is admirable, and I enjoyed every bit of it. Especially the parts that take place at Hailsham Boarding School, where the three friends spent their childhood.

All in all, I liked Never Let Me Go. As I’ve already said, I don’t think it’s brilliant, but I liked it anyway and I got interested in reading Ishiguro’s book as well. To sum up, don’t have the highest of the expectations, just give it a try and I’m pretty sure you won’t feel like you’ve wasted your precious time. ☼

Watch the trailer ↓ (I’m in love with it)


– Written by GuadiRC –


7 Responses to Never Let Me Go

  1. Pingback: Movies – Never Let Me Go | Glutton for books, movies & series

  2. Lesya says:

    I think our thoughts about this film are almost the same. The only difference is that I gave it a half star more 🙂 I also didn’t pay much attention to photography, I mean, I realize it was beautiful, but I was more focused on characters’ feelings.

    Great review and I love your style of writing!

    • fictionworms says:

      Thank you! 🙂 This is one of those movies which I would like to see for a second time, just to understand it a bit more, to go a bit further… or read the book, otherwise. Xoxo!

  3. Wow I also think we have similar views on this movie, I reviewed it on my blog like a month ago and I kind of got the same reaction. I did like somethings about it, specially the atmosphere and the acting, but I didn’t love the movie…
    First time I see this blog, and im really liking it, im going to add you to my blogroll ok?

    • fictionworms says:

      I’ve just saw your blog and liked it as well 🙂
      Thank you so much for adding us to your blogroll! I really appreciate it 😀
      Also posted a comment on your Never Let Me Go review! -Xoxo

  4. I read this book a long time ago and didn’t like it much. Not that I hated it, I just didn’t love it. I was surprised about the topic of the book too…not knowing that it was about cloning, etc. Last year when I learned there was a movie, I watched it too because I was curious to see how it was made, even though I didn’t like the novel. I have the same reaction to the movie as I do about the novel….it’s very depressing.

    • fictionworms says:

      I was surprised as well when I saw the movie. I had no idea what it was about and then I found out it was about cloning! As I say in my review, I love the photography and I kind of like Andrew Garfield, but yes, the story is one of the most depressing I know :/

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