Sept. 15, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST
Sept. 15, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST
Pray for them all, for they know not what they do.
Sept. 15, 2010, 3:12 p.m. CST
too many movies with phrases... also wasnt this reviewed a year ago?
Sept. 15, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST
Alex Garland? i´m in.
Sept. 15, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST
HEY HEY LOOK AT ME!! I AM SOOO FIFTH, AND YOU LOSERS ARE NOT!! WOOO HOOO!!! YEAH!!
Sept. 15, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST
I hate these vampire films!! And Knightley has hardly any blood in her skeletal body :-( Anyway, who wants to see a 1950's period drama featuring 3 abused children vampires!!
Sept. 15, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST
Get as depressed as you want over this movie/novel, but science has moved past this grim approach about five years ago. There's no need to grow adult clones: Arnold's 2002 actioner 'The Sixth Day' is way closer to the truth. And finally, most humans who live to be 100 (and we'll all live to be 120, quite soon) are resolutely happy. I hope they found the right medications for Ishiguro...
Sept. 15, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST
Sept. 15, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST
I cant imagine it being anymore of a downer than A.I. was.
Sept. 15, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST
by dr sauch
Sept. 15, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST
Like RIGHT now.
Sept. 15, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST
I fucking hate that theater. I can't stand its corporate blandness, its ridiculous overpriced tickets, its assigned seating, its CONSTANT procurement of smaller films as exclusives (which robs great indie houses like Laemmles), and that everyone seems to think it's the greatest theater on Earth. Fuck the Arclight. A terrible place to watch a great intimate film.
Sept. 15, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST
It ensures that pretentious twats like IndustryKiller are nowhere near me.
Sept. 15, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST
If that's your POV, LA must be tough on you. Have fun with that.
Sept. 15, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST
To the geniuses who think this is a vampire movie (as opposed to a "cloning movie," if that's the proper terminology): There's a difference between "Let the Right One In" and "Never Let Me Go"! Are you illiterate? It's like confusing The Pirates of Penzance with The Pirates of the Caribbean! WAKE UP and get off whatever drugs you're on.
Sept. 15, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST
on this increasingly declining site in years. Bravo, sir.
Sept. 15, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST
Wannabes like you make me laugh
Sept. 15, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST
... THE ISLAND for people who have more then two working brain cells inside their skulls.
Sept. 15, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST
If I want a meal during a movie I'd stay home.
Sept. 15, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST
by arctic monkey
So...if I understand the story correctly...all these clones are just going to sit idly by and wait for harvesting? They're not going to run or struggle or fight back? And there's no explanation for their passiveness? Really?
Sept. 15, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST
Yeah, Ishiguru and the screenwriter have both kind of said you have to be willing to suspend disbelief for that. It's a dealbreaker for many people, but really the kids are conditioned to accept that they are going to have a short lifespan from a very young age. They are even kind of brought up to have a sense of pride if they are good donors. They said they just wanted to make a statement about life and death and the time we have, and weren't really out to make an Island-esque getaway story (this very question was actually brought up at the TIFF Q&A on the weekend).
Sept. 15, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST
that the movie was great, but make sure to read the book after. There's a lot of little things left out/altered that don't really take away from the movie, but will make you appreciate the story more. If anything, the book has a few more of the lighthearted moments the movie left out. It really was a bit of a downer.
Sept. 15, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST
i just dont know what the vampire girl american remake is called...
Sept. 15, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST
by Admiral Akwelches
Ishiguro handles the complexity of life that is for most of us full of disappointments, rejection, loss, the way the most gentle of doctors (the one who reminds us of our favorite grandfather - be him real or idealized), would tell us we have cancer and no hope of beating it. Great review, written with a building anticipation and dread that spurs soldiers into battle.
Sept. 15, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST
Sept. 15, 2010, 6:57 p.m. CST
...is a beautiful thing when (1) in a major city, and (2) customers can choose their seats online before showing up to the theater. I'm not sure if the theater you're referring to meets my two criteria.
Sept. 15, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST
Sept. 15, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST
Like the Island eh? How is THAT not a spoiler????? Stupid AssyMuff.
Sept. 15, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST
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Sept. 15, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST
you drooling imbeciles don't deserve a book or a movie as good as this one.<p>just stay at home and watch the Paranormal Activity 2 trailer over and over.
Sept. 15, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST
The original, and worst clone-farm movie. Check it out, preferably the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version.
Sept. 15, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST
Sept. 15, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST
Never Let Me Go! (You again?) It's kind of a funny story.
Sept. 15, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST
Boring movie season. This movie looks boring as hell. I'm so bored I'm drinking bleach. I'm so bored I'm drinking bleach. I'M....SO....BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRED!!!!!!!!!!!! The Dead Milkmen ruled. Still bored though. This site hasn't had an interesting article in weeks. ZZZZZzzzzzzzz....
Sept. 15, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST
Could Never Let Me Go be confused with Let Me In? Possibly, but were Up and Up In the Air confused for each other and were The 9 and Nine confused for each other? Or was it 9 and The Nine? And what about District 9? Just pay attention, folks.
Sept. 15, 2010, 10:48 p.m. CST
Sept. 15, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST
aliens landed and communicated by pushing orgasms telepathically. THROW THE RITALIN AWAY!
Sept. 16, 2010, 1:06 a.m. CST
Hey man, just fyi, I hear there are some great Thursday specials at the Saddle Ranch in Universal City, figured it seems about your scene.
Sept. 16, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST
cat's about to be introduced to the 8th day of the week<p> punt day
Sept. 16, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST
...for so successfully destroying the reputation of an entire genre of literature that reviewers become apologists when they have to review a science fiction movie without big robots, space battles or wacky costumes in. the science fiction i used to read as a kid was all about IDEAS, not explosions and FX. and this movie, and the book, are both Science Fiction. why apologize for that fact?
Sept. 16, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST
Sept. 16, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST
...will be deciding whether to watch it when I'm in a rare good mood that needs crushing...or when I'm feeling crappy and really want to take the despair to 11.
Sept. 16, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
If you live in this world, you see the actions of people who have been conditioned since a very young age to believe in certain things and passively accept them without question.
Sept. 16, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST
Since I currently have a fetish for dystopian cinema (probably the result of current 21st-century angst), I'll probably see "Never Let Me Go," even though it sounds like a 99 on the depression meter. But I'm curious to hear from the experts out there (not the ones who think this is a vampire movie) about what they might consider to be the best dystopian flicks. I'm deeply familiar with a lot of the classics (Clockwork Orange, the Charlton Heston trilogy, Brazil, Blade Runner, etc.) and stinkers (Logan's Run, that legendary piece of crap), so does anyone wanna toss me some other titles?
Sept. 16, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST
...a good book with quaint notions about the "future", but 1984 knocked me on my ass.
Sept. 16, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST
that this is an emotional torture porn film as espoused by a couple of critics including filmfreakcentral's Bill Chambers? Cus damn if he didn't seem to nail down a specific kind of oscar bait exploitation in his TIFF capsure review of Never Let Me Go.
Sept. 16, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST
...CHILDREN OF MEN, GATTACA, and 12 MONKEYS...if you haven't seen them already.
Sept. 16, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST
Or anti-religious... or something...<p> I need to sit down<p> <p> Why the hell am I standing up?
Sept. 16, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST
Obviously you can indoctrinate or create that sort of demeanor. It seems to me cloning parts as needed would be more effective and less murky. Or do these fully cloned bodies serve as some sort of Venture-style backup?
Sept. 16, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST
by Ray Garraty #47
Nope - bodies aren't backups, organs are harvested a la carte as needed. You are right about cloning organs instead of people making a lot more sense but the novel doesn't lend itself to that type of analysis easily. (I mean that respectfully-obviously you are free to analyse it however you want). In the novel I always felt like the clones never revolted because they felt like providing the organs was their reason to exist, a responsibility. They had questions but they were handled with childlike curiosity and eventual acceptance. The theme of the book is that if you sit around and DO NOTHING, then you are powerless and your life will go by without you and you can be manipulated for good or ill by others. It's not a "rise against" type of story; the theme is more important to the storyteller than the plot, if that makes any sense. <p> On a lighter note, Lloyd Price is AWESOME. He sang "Stagger Lee" on Treme this season and he sounds like he's been recieving some cloned organs himself. Great voice. Also, if you read "The Road" and "Never Let Me Go" back to back, I think it would be possible to die from depression-related organ failure.
Sept. 16, 2010, 11:13 a.m. CST
METROPOLIS or Godard's ALPHAVILLE, which is a bit of a slog but still essential viewing. <p>ROBOCOP, too ... although I'm pretty sure you've seen that by now. <p>And, hey, I liked LOGAN'S RUN. It's dated, yeah, and a little cheesy, but it hits some pretty profound, poetic notes about aging and mortality toward the end, particularly the parts in the ruined Capitol building.
Sept. 16, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST
It's set in an alternate Earth, where a rough version of cloning is perfected in the early 1950s. But that isn't anything like today's bio-engineering. Google'nano neuro knitting' to see where things are really at. If someone created a dreadful fantasy piece about at 1940's alternate Earth where antibiotics didn't exist, would you get weepy and forlorn? I'd be more likely to wonder what's in the fridge at that point, and get up and look.
Sept. 16, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST
by Smilin'Jack Ruby
But no mention that Charlotte Rampling effectively plays the same character here as she did in "Babylon A.D.?!?!?" Took me right out of the movie.
Sept. 16, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST
...review again. I haven't seen the movie yet, but most good SF just uses science and fiction to highlight something that is already true.
Sept. 16, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST
by Ray Garraty #47
It's the sign of a well-created story regardless of genre if you feel some strong emotion for the characters and their plight, isn't it?
Sept. 16, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST
for thoughtful sf, it's important that the world building is convincing. That's why the neuroscience in Avatar pulled me in, but Inception threw me out. Cameron worked on convincing us that Avatars were real, but Inception's science wasn't as good as 'This Island Earth', which has some of the best sf-bullshit dialog you'll ever hear. I'd have to be convinced that a society that could perfect cloning at this level couldn't find a way to do it non-violently. Until then, I'm neither depressed, nor impressed.
Sept. 16, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
For some reason I went into this book thinking it was a story about a school for psychic kids. Kept waiting for the story to pick up when the kids finally realized their powers, didn't quite go the way I was expecting.
Sept. 16, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST
Just dreadful, a huge disappointment.<p> My guess is this film is one that people will admire rather than actually like or enjoy.
Sept. 16, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST
Sept. 17, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST
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by Ray Garraty #47
The harvesting of the organs is not a violent act. You are put under general anasthesia and a caregiver is waiting to comfort you when you wake up. But I get where you're coming from - to me the world-building is not as important as the characters.
Sept. 17, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST
That view of life couldn't possibly be more wrong Beaks. Good luck to you though.
Sept. 17, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST
...LET ME IN to your pussy until I am BURIED waist deep because I am GOING THE DISTANCE...much further than THE OTHER GUYS.
Sept. 17, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST
Obviously most people feel the same way, which is why the Alamo Drafthouse concept is such a dismal failure. Oh wait, it's a huge SUCCESS!! Once again proving that Locke marches to the beating of his own cock...
Sept. 17, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST
If you can't go 2 hours without eating a meal, something is very, very wrong. Listening to people stuff their faces with popcorn is annoying enough.
Sept. 17, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST
I hate being distracted.
Sept. 17, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST
Sounds like I might have to go see it with some straight razors handy.
Sept. 17, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST
by frank cotton
frank is a glutton for this sort of thing. chicks will flock to see it, but they will end up so depressed that there will be no happy sex afterwards. BEAKS - brutal first paragraph dude, good thing i was already wasted, or i'd have been bummed...
Sept. 18, 2010, 2:33 a.m. CST
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Sept. 18, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST
She's the only girl alive that doesn't instantly make my stomach hurt.
Sept. 19, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST
i like each of those things (to varying degrees), but all in one melodrama/romance flick? With A.I.'s ethical debates raging in the background? <P> Blade Runner w/o the action? Thank you, no.
Sept. 19, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST
All I remember was some car flying around.
Sept. 19, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST
It was by far the best movie of the year for me. And this is after seeing The Town yesterday. My wife and I left the theater and went straight to B&N to get the book. The entire theater was in sniffles during the car I'm talking about. Not a dry eye in the house. Absolutely stunned by Carey Mulligan and the entire cast, including the little kids. Great cinema is alive and well thanks to the likes of Mark Romanek. <p> Yes, shades of Blade Runner, AI, The Island, etc. but this movie to me rises above them all. A masterful tale about love, friendship, the meaning of living, mortality ... perfectly told. I would not change a frame of this film. I know some people have certain problems with the story but I share in none of the criticism. Everything portrayed was valid within the reality of this world. Carey Mulligan's accolades are well deserved. This was a truly haunting film. I hope more people see and support it.
Sept. 20, 2010, 12:01 a.m. CST
Wow. Try some Cool Ranch Doritos.
Sept. 20, 2010, 2:02 a.m. CST
More like Mr. Bleak.
Sept. 20, 2010, 6:27 a.m. CST
by The StarWolf
Doesn't give you a clue as to what the film's about. Romance? Actioner? Crime? Just "Best Novel of the Decade" and, if you haven't read it, have no reason to want to go see it. They need a new head of marketing .
Sept. 20, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST
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Sept. 20, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST
With all due respect, I've lived in L.A. and New York, been to the Arclight and every other theater many times... but I hate to tell you, New York has the market cornered on pretentious twat filmgoers, mmmkay? In L.A., people actually LIKE movies. In New York, they hate movies unless it's the worst kind of pandering, feel-smart, sadomasochistic, passive-aggressive, pretentious shit to grace the screen... either that or their friend had something to do with making said shit and they'll love it no matter what. Oh, and even the 'good' theaters suck ass. In L.A., you can go to the most out-of-the-way senior citizen loving theater in Marina del Rey and still get super fucking clean floors, seats, bathrooms, and counters as well as amazing sound and a screen free of baseball sized spitballs. That's usually the most basic set-up in L.A... in New York, that's known as the Ziegfeld.
Sept. 20, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST
This review makes the film sound significantly better than the awful trailer. "Oh look at me I'm a smart British'ish film with dramatic acting and a subdued colour palette, with restrained cinematography, and oh yeah, most these actors have been nominated for an Oscar, and they act really dramatically, and oh, oh, there's a character shouting and looking up." Fucking yaaaawn.
Sept. 20, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST
Almost every talkbacker complains about the vapid quality of the movie reviews, or general lack thereof... yet Beaks posts a concise, deeply thought provoking movie review and some people still complain about it. Just can't please everyone, I guess. keep up the good work Beaks.
Sept. 22, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST
that visual style of 'Britishness' you loathe so readily? Mark Romanek. Not a Brit.
Sept. 22, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST
it's clear that different people find different 'hooks' in films that let the into the film' world. although there was plenty of evidence scientific research in AVATAR, much of it was pushed aside in order to fit the simple story. i found that the design work, the beautiful detail and complex creatures that drew me in to AVATAR, despite its woeful plot. with INCEPTION, of course there's a lot less science there, in fact, there's almost no science in INCEPTION. it's one of those stories that takes a single scientific development and weaves a story about how this development affects the lives of a group of characters. i suspect NEVER LET ME GO is in this category. i just hope it's as successful at crafting a number of rules about that technology, and sticking to them, as INCEPTION was.
Sept. 22, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST
making a blanket comment that those who live to 100 are resolutely happy is absurd. people sustain life mainly out of fear of death or an unsubstantial past. living to 120 just amplifies these issues. add in the guilt of a family that doesn't want to be "blamed" for the death of a dying relative and i feel the need to call you out. if your comment is based only on the novel, i stand down. if it is supposed to reflect our world, i do not.
Sept. 22, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST
I'm on your side, but I thought Inception was weak. They dodged the science in a workable manner, but I lose my patience with any/all movies that devolve into shoot-outs or tense stand-offs at the end WHEN THE ENTIRE SETUP FOR THE FILM IS SMARTER THAN A GUN BATTLE. It's reached a point where I feel that my favorite "new" film will be a 15-20 minute action scene followed by tense escapes and finally a good 30 minute drama about why everything occurred and what may happen next.
Sept. 25, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST
or Utopia? <p> If you loved 1984, check 'em out. Utopia is absolutely brilliant.
Sept. 25, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST
Saw it recently and it is an odd one. A Boy and His Dog as well. Both currently making the rounds on cable TV. Delicatessen.
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Sept. 29, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST
Sept. 30, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST
i mean, give me a fucking break. "the island" came out in 2005, the same year ishijapso published his "original novel". now, i know michael bay has been churning out junk the last few years, but "the isalnd" is a thing of beauty. this just leans so heavily on that film, that it's ludicrous to present it as original. besides, i'd rather fuck scarlett over those two androgynous british bitches any day.
Sept. 30, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST
Oct. 4, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST
Was a classless and shitty move. He did nothing to deserve it and Beaks damn well knows it. That was just fucking retarded.
Oct. 4, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST
Something this site will never do to the author of this article, unfortunately.