I saw the trailer for Never Let Me Go and it reminded me of one of my favorite books: Neal Shusterman's Unwind. The concepts of "donations" and "completion" were similar to the "unwinding" in Unwind, and since I loved that concept in Unwind, I decided to watch Never Let Me Go.
I know that Never Let Me Go is based on a book of the same name; however, I have not read the book. I almost always prefer to read the book before seeing the movie, but in this case, due to lack of reading time, I made an exception.
My first problem with Never Let Me Go was that I had a really hard time understanding the dialogue. All of the characters have British accents (something I usually enjoy), but they spoke very quickly and were all "low talkers." I couldn't turn the volume up high enough to hear everything properly without blasting my husband and baby out of the house, so, about 15 minutes in, I ended up turning on the subtitles.
So, subtitles on, I settled in to watch the rest of the movie. I will admit that I knew the premise of the story because I read the plot on IMDB. I know, I know, I broke all of my rules with this movie! I don't think I would have known what was going on had I not read the plot, though, so I'm glad I did.
Never Let Me Go is an emotional thriller. There is not a lot of excitement, just sadness. The characters are steeped in a pervasive desperation, enveloped in quiet despair. One thing that bothered me was how skinny the characters are. You'd think that a boarding school devoted to keeping its students in perfect health would have fed them more!
The entire movie mad me so sad that when the credits started rolling I told my husband I would have been better off watching Parks and Recreation (which was my other available choice). Never Let Me Go had the emotional impact of Unwind, but without the hopeful ending. I would recommend it for people looking for a movie that makes you think. If you want to be entertained and uplifted (like me), then try something else.