Never Let Me Go

Title: Never Let Me Go
Year: 2010
Length: 103 minutes
Director: Mark Romanek
Writer: Alex Garland, based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley
Music: Rachel Portman (and non-original music)
I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Synopsis: clones raised for organ harvesting fall in love

My reaction
Concept:2/4 (Indifferent) It sounds like a tediously moral theme for a science fiction movie, and probably would have been if they had put any focus whatsoever on the science fiction aspects.
Story:2/4 (Indifferent) Sadly, in place of the (erroneously) anticipated tedious sci-fi moralizing, there is an equally tedious love triangle in the second act. It’s all set-up for the third act, which pays off quite well, but there must have been a better way to get there.
Characters:4/4 (Great)
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:4/4 (Great) I went in expecting greatness from Mulligan, and was pleasantly surprised to find Garfield stealing the show. Also, it’s eerie how much the actress playing the young version of the protagonist looks and acts like Carey Mulligan; I think time travel was involved.
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). It’s meandering and slow to get where it’s going, but it’s very good (and sad) once it gets there.
Objective Rating (Average):3.1/4 (Very good)


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