This DVD review was originally aired on KTKA-49.
Two movies that you may have missed in the theaters make their debut on DVD and Blu-ray this week.
Starring Andrew Garfield of “The Social Network,” the downbeat sci-fi drama “Never Let Me Go” proves to be just as fascinating on the small screen. Kiera Knightley and Carey Mulligan join Garfield as a trio of English students who grow up in a time that looks like ours, but something’s not quite right. Advances in science have transformed the world, it turns out, and “Never Let Me Go” explores a moral black hole within this seemingly rosy setup. The movie also makes an interesting comment on how easily people can resign themselves to a certain fate.
On the flip side of the drama coin is the inspiring if fairly predictable “Conviction,” based on the true story of a woman who put herself through law school just to free her wrongly convicted brother of murder. The movie lives and dies by the connection between the two, played with, well—conviction—by Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell.
“Conviction” features an interview with the real-life devoted sister, Betty Ann Waters, and “Never Let Me Go’s” best extra feature is a 30-minute Making Of documentary.