Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How I Live Now

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor, George MacKay, Corey Johnson, Sophie Ellis, Harley Bird, Sabrina Dickens, Natasha Jonas, Gavin Sims

Adapted from the YA (Young Adult) novel How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff the plot concerns a spiky teenager called Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) who is sent by her widowed father to live with her aunt in England. There the snooty New Yorker falls for her fun loving step cousin, Edmond (George Mackay) and all in the garden seems lovely. Then just as things are doing well a nuclear war escalates and London is destroyed leaving the teenagers separated but determined to survive post-apocalyptic Britain. The coming of age love story is similar to The Road and Red Dawn but there is some decent acting and the movie is bound to have appeal to the young. Not a patch on Lord of the Flies, however.

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