Never Let Me Go
Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Sally Hawkins, Charlotte Rampling
Never Let Me Go
Though it has enough pedigree behind (author and Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro, noted director Mark Romanek) and in front of the camera to foster hope, the spoiler-esque subject matter (hint: cloning) smacks of Michael Bay’s The Island at that Mystery Science Favorite Parts: The Clonus Horror. Indeed, the subtle plot synopsis being offered by the studio seems to suggest that our trio of talented British thesps (Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield) will play sheltered young people of privilege who, upon leaving their idyllic UK boarding school, suddenly learn their “terrifying fate”. Again, we remain optimistic, though the track record for such sci-fi situations isn’t promising.
In 2010, are young girls really that concerned about their reputation. What with stripper pole accidents plaguing YouTube and a consistent cultural desire to be as skanky and Jersey Shore as slutty as possible, getting known as Miss Loose Virtue in your homecoming class has to be a post-millennial badge of honor. Still, the amiable comedy hopes there’s enough personal shame left out there to help up and coming actress Emma Stone break out at the box office. As the gal pal who helps her gay buddy avoid heterosexual harassment, let’s hope there’s a real message here. Referencing the Scarlett Letter is also shaky… isn’t that right Demi Moore?
John Erick Dowdle
Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara , Jacob Vargas , Matt Craven, Bojana Novakovic
Talk about a massive uphill climb - this claustrophobic creepshow could be the second coming of Sam Raimi and still director John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, The Poughkeepsie Tapes) would have to overcome the laugh out loud ludicrousness represented by his producer—Mr. Last Lady in the Happening Water Airbender himself, M. Night Shyamalan. As a matter of fact, a viral video of audiences scoffing at said cinematic credit has already got the studio scattering to disassociate the horror film from its infamous creator. If it’s good, all will be forgiven. If not, some will see it as yet another nail in Shyamalan’s already shut career coffin.
Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper
With Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck proved there was life after a screenwriting Oscar and several semi-successful starring roles. As a matter of fact, many thought that directing should remain his true—and for the moment, only—calling. Well, Ben is back behind the camera again, though he’s also given himself a plum role as a career bank robber who lets love get in the way of his criminal endeavors. Once again working for a well loved novel, this could be a second step toward a successful career as an auteur or proof that his previous triumph was, like most of his efforts, a flash in the pan.