Movie Review from The Movie Snob
Never Let Me Go (A-). I absolutely loved the 2005 novel of the same name on which this movie was based, so my grade may be a little inflated. But I don’t really think so; it is a moving story and the performances are very good. In the opening scene, Kathy H. (Carey Mulligan, An Education) stands in a hospital corridor watching the preparations for an operation. The rest of the movie is her extended flashback, going all the way back to her childhood at a British boarding school called Hailsham. If you’ve read the book–and I urge you to read it before seeing the movie if you can–then of course you know what is going on at Hailsham, and why it is just a little bit creepy. But before too long, one of the teachers at Hailsham (played by Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky) breaches protocol and bluntly tells the children the shocking truth. Then the children grow up, Kathy H. and her best friends Ruth (Keira Knightley, Atonement) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network). It is a story of love, betrayal,and loss. Judging from the sniffling in the theater, I’d say that mine were not only the only damp eyes in the house. Go see it!