How I Live Now


How I Live Now

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Led by another strong performance from Saoirse Ronan and a screenplay that subverts YA clichés, How I Live Now blends young love with post-apocalyptic drama.



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Set in the near-future UK, Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive. (c) Magnolia

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Anna Chancellor
as Aunt Penn
Corey Johnson
as Consular Official
Jonathan Rugman
as News Reporter
Stella Gonet
as Mrs. McEvoy
Desmond McAleer
as Major McEvoy
Sophie Stanton
as Woman in Truck
Natasha Jonas
as Woman in Truck
Nav Sidhu
as Checkpoint Soldier
Amy Dawson
as Beaten Woman
Mark Stanley (VI)
as Chasing Man 1
Paul Ronan
as Chasing Man 2
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Limp young romance in the English countryside as some international tensions develop into actual firefights on the homefront. I spent the whole film waiting for something to happen, anything. I should better have made popcorn.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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I didn't know what to think when I came into watching this film. I certainly wasn't expecting what I got. I like how they focused on the characters and really fleshed them out. It was a very real story but maybe it should have been more focused. It was both a coming of age romance story and a post-apocalyptic survival drama. It felt like it was trying to do too much. Either way, it was still enjoyable.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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"How I Live Now"? Apparently how Saoirse Ronan lives now is in a world where gradually toning down the hamminess of a performance passes as character development. The script really could use a little...umm...EVERYTHING. But for a low budget film, it actually does a lot with what it has.

Christian C
Christian C

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Maybe far fetched. Maybe some unanswered questions...but I can't help feel it was planned that way, in order to just focus on the children's ordeal, journey, and life consequences. I was drawn in completely...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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