8 Movie Clips from NEVER LET ME GO

     September 12, 2010

Opening this week is director Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go.  Based on the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, the film stars Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Keira Knightley and it recently premiered at the Telluride Film Festival/Toronto International Film Festival.

I managed to see a screening the other night and the film really hit me.  Normally when I see a movie, I immediately want to talk about it with friends and perhaps record a video blog (since I saw it at TIFF).  But after watching Never Let Me Go, I didn’t want to talk to anyone, and I sure as hell didn’t want to get on camera.  That’s because the film deals with big issues and it tackles them without telling you how to think – which is one of the best parts about Alex Garland’s script and Mark Romanek’s direction.

More after the jump – including eight clips from the movie:

What’s interesting about people’s reactions to Never Let Me Go is there is no clear cut opinion.  Some people I’ve spoken with have loved the film, and some felt the film was cold.

To me…this kind of reaction means it’s a special film, because films usually force you to feel a certain way, and I can promise you Never Let Me Go will hit each person differently.

Anyway, while I’d love to tell you to not watch the eight clips we were provided from Fox Searchlight, I also know some of you might want a taste of the film before you’ll pay money to see it.  All I want to leave you with is…if you think you might see this film at any point in the future, do yourself a favor and skip the clips.  However, if you’re on the fence, maybe watch a clip or two…

Here’s the synopsis and the clips.  The film opens in America this week and around the world next year.  I definitely recommend this movie.

In his highly acclaimed novel Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) created a remarkable story of love, loss and hidden truths.  In it he posed the fundamental question: What makes us human?  Now director Mark Romanek (ONE HOUR PHOTO), writer Alex Garland and DNA Films bring Ishiguro’s hauntingly poignant and emotional story to the screen.

Kathy (Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan, AN EDUCATION), Tommy (Andrew Garfield, BOY A, RED RIDING) and Ruth (Oscar® nominee Keira Knightley, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, ATONEMENT) live in a world and a time that feel familiar to us, but are not quite like anything we know.  They spend their childhood at Hailsham, a seemingly idyllic English boarding school.  When they leave the shelter of the school and the terrible truth of their fate is revealed to them, they must also confront the deep feelings of love, jealousy and betrayal that threaten to pull them apart.

As always, are the clips are in the player below.  Once you push play you might have to watch a pre-roll ad and then all the clips will play in order.  Sorry about the pre-roll, it pays for the bandwidth.

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