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How I Live Now

Daisy (Saoirse Ronan), a neurotic but strong-willed New York City teenager, is sent to the English countryside for the summer to stay with her British cousins, Edmond (George MacKay), Isaac (Tom Holland) and Piper (Harley Bird). News reports playing as she arrives in the United Kingdom reveal a worsening political crisis across the world. Although initially reluctant to interact with them, Daisy finds herself warming up upon learning that her deceased mother used to stay there frequently. She also falls in love with Eddie, her eldest cousin, finding him to be as introverted and strong-willed as her. A few days after her arrival, her aunt flies to Geneva to attend an emergency conference, and the group take advantage of her absence to explore their local woodlands.

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Genre: Action / Thriller
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Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor
Director: Kevin Macdonald
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Watch this if you liked: "The Host" and "The Road".

Elizabeth (Saoirse Ronan), who prefers to be called Daisy, is an angsty American teenager that for some reason is sent to live with her distant cousins in the countryside of England. As she begins to warm up to the simple pleasures of the farm life, partly due to her growing affection towards her cousin, Edmund (George Mackay), a catastrophic tragedy takes places in London that results in the loss of thousands of lives. While Daisy and her cousins decide to stick with their idyllic lifestyle despite signs that war has broken out, soldiers intrude into their temporary shelter and forces Daisy and her female cousin Piper (Harley Bird) to be separated from the males who are taken someplace else. Swearing to each other that they would be reunited at the home they left behind, Daisy plans an escape from the secured residents that she and Piper are transferred to, in hopes that one day she will see Edmund again.

Despite being adapted from a young adult novel by Meg Rosoff, director Kevin Macdonald makes an allusion to the source material by straddling closely as he can in depicting the grim themes of war such as rape, mass graves, internment labour and post-traumatic disorders. These may be hard questions that can be overbearing for a young audience who are expecting to find romance with every forbidden supernatural creature (glittering, furry, or dead), but Macdonald shakes off the shackles of innocence through the implied, rather than there being visceral or any bloodshed actually being done on the screen.

Macdonald lets the opening burn rather tastefully for about half the runtime, before letting the grim reality that is the main struggle of Daisy sinks in. From then on, it becomes a gripping journey for the girls as Daisy grows from being a brat to a dependable adult, who has her own hopes and fears on what is she is doing in the vast landscape of a suddenly dangerous wilderness. Although her primary motivations, whether her romance or sudden strength in her willpower, may seem more forced than carefully developed, the fault of that lies more for being in line with the tropes seen in the young adult novel that wants to make these transition safer for audiences to understand, rather than an unworldy screenplay.

None the less, the maturing of Daisy is delivered convincingly by Saoirse Ronan, who has a far more likable and stronger performance here than in the higher budget adaptation she did based on a Stephanie Meyer novel. Her leading performance here also helps to draw away our attention from the average work by her co-stars, which lacks weights just as they are underwritten, except for the beginning.

"How I Live Now" comes out to be a fairly engaging trip, given its young adult roots, that benefits from the director's willingness to be patient in exploring its more serious and adult themes with an actress just capable to hit the right notes needed. It is also refreshing to see a young adult novel adaptation that doesn't feel like it's looking to capitalize on becoming the next wide span franchise, but having good things for audiences to think about for once.


Cinema Online, 07 February 2014
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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