How I Live Now

Certificate 15, 101 mins. ★★★★★★★★½☆
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, George McKay, Anna Chancellor. Dir: Kevin Macdonald

This started out as your standard teen coming of age flick, set in the English/Welsh countryside. Saoirse Ronan plays a stroppy teenager who’s sent to stay with her English cousins for the Summer. So far so standard, except that it’s set against the backdrop of World War III breaking out. Just as the kids are falling in lurve, the bomb drops, destroying London and kicking off waves of wind, snow, power cuts, troops, mayhem, invaders, martial law and all that good stuff.

Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, Byzantium, The Host) reminds us why she’s an oscar nominated actress (I *so* want her to play Flick if my books ever come to the big screen!!), and even though it’s clearly a British film made with a special effects budget of tuppence, it’s superbly directed and acted and photographed and well worth an 8 1/2 out of 10