Never Let Me Go

Rated R 104 minutes 2010

Growing up is hard enough for ordinary young people, but it’s doubly anxious for three British schoolmates (Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley) raised as organ-donating clones, in novelist Kazuo Ishiguro’s dystopic alternate version of the Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties. Their function is to “complete” (give their lives) so that the “originals” can be free of disease. The interpersonal part of their story (screenplay by Alex Garland) is genuinely touching and director Mark Romanek’s cast is up to the task, but Ishiguro’s hybrid of science fiction and coming-of-age drama is less than enchanting. The melancholy air hanging over the tale becomes oppressive. They’re doomed to die young, but no one seems to want to rebel. Also in the A-plus cast are Charlotte Rampling and Sally Hawkins. Is it an allegory? How could it not be? (103 min.)

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Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/neverletmego

Director: Mark Romanek

Producer: Allon Reich, Andrew Macdonald, Alex Garland, Kazuo Ishiguro and Tessa Ross

Cast: Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley, Isobel Meikle-Small, Ella Purnell, Charlie Rowe, Charlotte Rampling, Sally Hawkins, Nathalie Richard, Andrea Riseborough and Domhnall Gleeson

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