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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Saoirse Ronan
Tom Holland
George MacKay
Anna Chancellor.
Directors
Kevin Macdonald.
Screenwriters
Jack Thorne.
Running Time
101 minutes

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How I Live Now
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Plot
When a global conflict erupts, Elizabeth (Ronan), a 15 year-old New Yorker, is sent away to live with her cousins in a remote part of the English countryside. There, she and her cousin Edmond (MacKay) face a bitter fight to keep themselves safe and their family together.


Review
How I Live Now

Kevin Macdonald's version of Meg Rosoff’s novel is at its best when not concerned with plot. Its take on a future UK is intriguing — not gadgets and gleaming glass structures, but a worn version of the place we know, heavily militarised as it awaits inevitable attack, which when it comes is less than the anticipation. Daisy (Saoirse Ronan), a girl sent to live with relatives in the country, comes to love them, especially the handsome one. The war separates them and she vows to find her way back, but the journey is often a repetitive trek towards the inevitable.


Verdict
Macdonald's film is a noble stab at bringing Meg Rosoff's YA novel to the screen, which sees Ronan in typically watchable form.


Reviewed by Olly Richards

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BEUATIFULLY made drama!!

A serene and captivating drama based on Meg Rosoff's best-seller. It concerns the arrival of young teen Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) in heart of an english countryside. Here she not only has to deal with her english cousins but the aftermath of a devastating terrorist strike in London. It's superbly dealt with, with fine direction from Kevin Mcdonald handling the young characters with fine sensitivity where perhaps it could have otherwise gone into muddy sentiment. As Daisy begins to bond with the ... More

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Posted by Ramone87 at 12:43, 23 April 2014 | Report This Post


How I Live Now. In a radioactive barn.

An engaging movie, which doesn't seem afraid to step out from the shadow of its forebear to tell a more direct story (read: no-one's telepathic in this. Although there is a cow-whisperer. Make of that what you will). Some fairly dark themes are explored here, although the worst of these are touched on, rather than tactlessly rammed home. Surprisingly American for a British film, and I mean that as a compliment. You could certainly do a lot worse. ... More

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RE: Is that it?

Considering it is based on another popular ‘young adult’ novel, I had fears that this would be yet another dire Twilight-wannabe along the lines of Saoirse Ronan’s previous movie The Host, and the first third or so of How I Live Now isn’t too great, but it does get much better. Ronan, given the chance to play a somewhat more ‘normal’ part for once, is the archetypal rumpy, aloof teen who is thrown into a world which she initially has no interest in. The film isn’t very interesting for a while, ... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 09:18, 10 October 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Is that it?

Seen this today.Meh,nothing much to say,for an apocalyptic film,it's very boring. Ronan is actually ok,but everything seems contrived and somewhat cheap. ... More

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Posted by CriticNumberOne at 01:12, 10 October 2013 | Report This Post


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I guess he didn't care much for it or maybe he didn't paid enough per word lol ... More

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And 'bitch' ain't one of them ... More

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Is that it?

99 words? Really? ... More

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