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Never Let Me Go (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi  |  15 October 2010 (USA)
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A love triangle develops between three friends who came of age at a mysterious, secluded boarding school and are destined to lead brief lives.

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As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy 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. Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$111,734 (USA) (17 September 2010)

Gross:

£1,473,603 (UK) (18 February 2011)
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Mark Romanek said that working with child actors was the most challenging part of making the film, since "the first act of the film was going to have to be carried by 12-year-olds." At rehearsals, Romanek had the younger actors watch the older actors practice their scenes so the older actors would have a memory of having played those scenes, while the child actors would get a better idea of how a more skilled actor would play their part. He also had the child actors spend time together playing and talking to create chemistry between them. He took them to the school set and let them play there so they could get a better idea of the layout. See more »

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High quality film that was interesting and crosses into various genres
15 October 2010 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Never Let Me Go" is an interesting, haunting and affecting story of love and jealousy. The story that we see occurring on the surface is fairly commonplace of friends growing up together and falling in love. But the backdrop of this film, which eventually takes over the main story, is science fiction like. It's dark and tragic and thought-provoking.

The world the film is set in is 1980s England and it looks very similar to the real world. But it's not our world and I had a hard time fully realizing all the characterizations for characters in a world that I don't quite know and understand. But it's just such a well done film that my interest was piqued and the story had me captivated, or at least curious, from beginning to end.

The film was incredibly well shot, making dreary England look spectacular but still getting the feeling of damp and cold across. It was also really well cast. The kids playing the younger versions of Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield looked and sounded just like them and were able to carry the beginning of the film. As others noted, Garfield also really stood out for me and his character moved me.

I recommend "Never Let Me Go" because of the high quality of film-making. The science fiction elements are rather subtle so it's more for fans of romantic dramas, but it's an interesting enough film that it can cross into most genres.


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