Film review: How I Live Now (15)
Kevin Macdonald, 101mins. Starring: Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay
From the earliest scenes, when American teenager Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) arrives to stay with her British relatives deep in the countryside, How I Live Now has a disorienting and eerie quality.
The landscapes are beautiful but the impressionistic camerawork and editing induce a sense of foreboding. Daisy is fascinated by her silent, handsome young cousin Eddie (the ubiquitous George MacKay) but, just when the film seems to be turning into a rites- of-passage drama about first love, there is a rumbling on the soundtrack and snow begins to fall.
There has just been a nuclear attack on London and we are cast into the world of dystopian sci-fi. Adapted from Meg Rosoff's novel, How I Live Now carries echoes of everything from Lord of the Flies to Quatermass IV.
It is beautifully directed by Macdonald, who combines flights of lyricism with scenes of utter brutality. There is also a very steely performance from Ronan as the young heroine fighting for survival.
After giving gay film R-rating despite no sex or violencefilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians