Based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s acclaimed novel, this sci-fi drama from director Mark Romanek is centered on thirtysomething Kathy (Carey Mulligan), who reflects on her time spent at Hailsham, an English boarding school, alongside classmates Ruth (Keira Knightley) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield). Born for an unusual reason, the three struggle with their destiny and their love triangle. Charlotte Rampling plays headmistress Miss Emily. (Netflix)
Let me just say right off of the bat, this is the most depressing/beautiful movie I have seen in a long while. It’s all about appreciating the life we are given, even if it is not an ideal one. Also, appreciate all the moments you have with loved ones, for you never know how long those moments are going to last. However, this movie has an unusual way of portraying that message. I don’t want to ruin it, but it is depressing, and can easily cause some unease among viewers. Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield are in top form in this movie. These characters are complex. They are childish while at the same time wise beyond their years. They are accepting of their fate while at the same time trying to find ways to resist. The trio does a phenomenal job of walking on those delicate lines to deliver powerful performances. Also, the camera work is brilliant. The visual style of this movie is wonderful to watch. It’s really detailed, very bleak, really well done. Also, if you are confused, this movie takes place in an alternate reality. So stop trying to analyze it so much and just enjoy the story. So this is definitely a must see. A powerful message hidden inside the facade of a sci-fi romance. Do it.