When I was flying back to little Aotearoa ("Land of the Long, White, Cloud" aka: New Zealand) last month, I watched Mark Romanek's latest film Never Let Me Go. Being a Telluride Festival film, I was dying to see it and I was not disappointed.
Never Let Me Go is broken into three parts following the lives of three boarding school friends Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Ruth (Keira Knightley), and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) from childhood into their early adulthood. Without giving too much away, the children are raised to believe that they are "special" and essentially born to serve a greater good. The film deals with themes of love, loss, jealousy, betrayal, and entrapment. On an even deeper level, Never Let Me Go also raises questions of medical ethics and the consequences of evil disguised as good intention.
The film has an undeniably stellar cast with Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley, and my favorite up-and-coming girl, Carey Mulligan. Mulligan, as the narrator, brings so much strength and goodness to the story.
Never Let Me Go is both beautiful and haunting in a Bronte sort of way, though it is a science fiction piece. The scenery and mood are a perfect match and are masterfully sustained throughout the film. My only criticism is that I feel the trailer gave too much of the plot away. I went into the story knowing exactly what was going on and I wish it had been more of a secret. Even still, it is one I'd certainly watch again.