Never Let Me Go
There’s something strange about the classmates who attend Hailsham, a boarding school in the English countryside. What sets these children apart won’t be revealed here, but it is a surprising, and troubling secret. Plot follows the lives of three of its students. Japanese–English novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, who also wrote The Remains of the Day, specializes in stories concerning the human condition. What goes on in the mind, the mental, is just as important as the actions portrayed, the physical. That makes adapting his books a bit difficult, yet director Mark Romanek succeeds on many levels. This is a beautifully filmed, well written and tastefully acted drama. What it lacks is the warmth and heart that would make us more emotionally connected to these characters. Everyone is so cold, it makes the degradation of civil rights in this society, hard to accept. Still, there is much to recommend if you’re a fan of dystopian fiction (think 1984, Brave New World or Fahrenheit 451). A chilling warning for future generations.