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Never Let Me Go 2010

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(164) IMDb 7.2/10
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As children, Ruth (Knightley), Kathy (Mulligan) and Tommy (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 haunting reality that awaits them.

Keira Knightley,Carey Mulligan
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Mark Romanek
Starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan
Supporting actors Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard, Andrea Riseborough, Ella Purnell, Hannah Sharp, Izzy Meikle-Small
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By GrahamG on 14 April 2014
Format: DVD
(This review is based on a TV showing by Film4. It is possible that the version they showed may have been 'ruined for television', that is, edited for the benefit of those of a more sensitive disposition).

I recorded this some time around Christmas 2013 when it was broadcast by Film4 as part of a 'SciFi phase' that they were going through, without my having any clue as to what the film was actually about. I was just thinking 'Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, in the same film. That'll do nicely'.

A few months later, I did get around to watching it. The film is basically divided into two parts, the first part where you have absolutely no idea what is going on, and the second part where, Oh Boy, you do, but you still just can't quite believe it.

Far too many people here have given away the secret that lies at the heart of the film, and by doing so have robbed prospective first time viewers of the gut-wrenching experience of finding it out for themselves in the way that the author and director intended.

I'm not going to discuss the revelation or anything that happens after it, but I just want to say that this is one of those films which lingers in the mind for a long time after you see it. Beautifully made, shot, and acted, this is not a film which is destined to make you feel comfortable or cheerful, and yet it is a film which everyone should see because it presents an alternative reality which is utterly possible, and although this particular version is set in the recent past it could just as easily be in our imminent future. In certain respects, we are already almost there.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I watched this DVD the other day without having a clue what it was I was going to be watching, and have been unable to stop thinking about it ever since. I've bought the book and started reading it, and it's even better.

I'm not going to give a synopsis of the film because if you haven't seen it or read the book it will completely spoil it. Suffice to say it's quietly shocking and the horror of the situation dawns on you slowly - it's certainly not an uplifting film, but it is a thought provoking one.

I thought the cinematography was perfect, the locations were perfect, and the understated acting perfectly suited the tone of the story. There are no great dramas, no real action, no displays of emotion, and given the subject this lack of passion is all the more disturbing.

I have seen on other reviews that people who have read the book are often disappointed with the film and this leads them to not recommend it, but I would say the opposite - see the film, think about it, then read the book.

I wasn't going to write a review because I'm not much good at it, but I've been so affected by the film that I had to say something, and it's not often a film can affect me so profoundly.

The one negative note is Keira Knightly and her daft expressions. She's perfectly cast as Ruth in many ways, she just needs to get her gurning under control.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Never Let Me Go was nothing like what I was expecting. I had heard that it was a great, emotional film and it's obvious that it's a romance; however, I knew nothing about the deep and haunting plotline. Some say that they were disappointed with the movie as it did not live up to the expectations set by the book, but if that's the case, the book must be bloody brilliant.

The film revolves around the lives of Cathy, Ruth and Tommy, three children who meet each other at Hailsham, a boarding school for children. The film is quite clever in that it is split into three main parts at different points in the characters lives which means that a lot of the irrelevant waffle that you find between parts of films is gone. At the beginning we see Cathy, the narrator, looking back on her life to when the three children were at Hailsham, then it moves on to when the three are moved to 'The Cottages' and live there after they're 18, the third and final part is when the three characters are nearing their thirties but they've all gone their separate ways. This is great because we get to see how the characters have progressed throughout their lives and it makes the film a lot more interesting.

The lives of all the children are changed when they discover that they are in fact 'donors', children who were bred for the sole purpose of providing organs for people with illnesses such as cancer and prolonging the human life span to well over 100 years. I was truly shocked and disgusted when I found this out. This film explores the possibility of 'harvesting' humans to save other humans. Now thinking about it, this could actually happen, perhaps that is what makes it so gruesome.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Chapman on 10 Aug. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is one of the most beautiful and perfectly crafted books of all time. The film is both sensitive and subtle; from the first moment the atmosphere of the book is captured. If you are looking for a formulaic '11th hour escape' or a conventional 'running into the sunset' happy ending then you are looking in the wrong place. The ending is gritty ... and I guess extremely challenging to a society desirous of living for ever & obsessed with status & posessions. But as an alegory of our all too short lives it works extremely well. Non of us can live as long as we might like; non can escape loss & few can escape agonising, untimely loss. This book & film capture the very essence of how precious every moment of life is and how precious every life is - even those society values the least.
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