Consistently excellent cinematography and solid acting from the principals save Mark Romanek’s follow-up to the creepy One Hour Photo from complete disaster. Structurally and emotionally, Never Let Me Go is a mess, a sci-fi love triangle that left me completely cold. There’s a little A.I. here, as well as bits and pieces from all sorts of other movies and genres, but none of it comes together to form a cohesive storyline. The character interactions never feel genuine, nor do they feel as if they should be genuine but frustratingly can’t be. I found myself zoning out of Never Let Me Go fairly frequently—something that doesn’t happen too often—due to the messy writing and editing. But, I can’t destroy it completely, because it’s always pretty to look at and Carey Mulligan in particular turns in a superb performance (Andrew Garfield is solid, but nowhere near as impressive as in The Social Network). I can safely say I’ll forget this movie within a few days, and I can’t say I really mind that, even though I harbor little animosity towards it…mostly flat indifference, really. It’s apparently based on a very popular novel, obviously unread by me, so perhaps it works better with a background knowledge of the material. But as a stand-alone work, it has a few redeeming qualities and a whole lot of blah.