How I Live Now 2013 R CC

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(66) IMDb 6.5/10
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Set in the near-future UK, Saoirse 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 Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay).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.

Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay
1 hour 42 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

How I Live Now

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller, Romance, Action
Director Kevin Macdonald
Starring Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay
Supporting actors George MacKay, Harley Bird, Danny McEvoy, Anna Chancellor, Jonathan Rugman, Corey Johnson, Darren Morfitt, Stella Gonet, Des McAleer, Sophie Stanton, Natasha Jonas, Nav Sidhu, Amy Dawson, Mark Stanley, Paul Ronan, Josh Dyer, Tony Arvanitis, Sabrina Dickens
Studio Magnolia Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Well scripted, well directed and well acted.
Duane R. Wirdel
The main character, Daisy, is profoundly changed when confronted with the love of her cousins while visiting for a summer in rural England.
Louise D. Somes
Then her aunt goes to Switzerland and someone sets off an atomic bomb in London.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 11, 2013
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"How I Live Now" (2013 release; 101 min.) is the film adaptation of the young adult novel of the same name written by Meg Rosoff. As the movie opens, we get to know a high school teenager named Elizabeth "but everyone calls me Daisy except my dad who's a [jerk]". (We later learn that Daisy's mom died while giving birth to Daisy, that her dad eventually remarried, and that Daisy hates both of them.) Daisy just landed in London where she is picked up by one of her cousins, and the plan is for Daisy to spend the summer with her 3 cousins and their mom in the English countryside far away from London. As it happens we hardly see their mom as she is always busy working at home or on business travel, and indeed soon the mom takes off for meetings in Geneva, thinking that someone she knows will watch over the kids. It takes a while for Daisy to adjust to her surroundings. In the meantime we also learn from TV coverage that there are significant incidents of fighting in Paris, and later in London where a nuclear device is set off, killing thousands. Mom's friend never shows up and the kids are left to fend for themselves. To tell you more of this plot-heavy movie would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first, this is actually two films in one. The first part of the film brings an idyllic view of how Daisy and her 3 British cousins are spending the summer far away from London and every other trouble spot, and in fact that part reminded me of "The Kings of Summer", another recent coming-of-age film. Then the movie turns into a true adventure film as Daisy and her youngest cousin Piper get separated from Eddie and Isaac, the other 2 cousins. It is never made clear who or what the violence and the pending war is all about.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By christie smith on November 12, 2013
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Unlike one of the other reviewers, I didn't find anything endearing about the director's style. In fact, the movie seemed almost as though it had been filmed entirely with a handheld video camera. BUT, I really enjoyed the story.

"Daisy" is a 15 year old typical teenage girl... angry, hateful, and dealing with a lot of emotional issues that present themselves as an eating disorder. Her father has apparently started a new family, and sent her to England to spend a summer with her aunt and three cousins. It never says for sure, but I am under the impression that the Aunt was the sister of Daisy's mom, who had died during childbirth. But the Aunt is never around, and Daisy learns to fit in with her three cousins; Piper, the youngest of the three and the only girl, Isaac, the middle child and the only one whose age is actually known (14) and the attractive "Eddie", who is more of a parent to his siblings than their mother is.

When a Nuclear explosion occurs miles away in London, and their idyllic countryside becomes occupied by an unidentified military presence, the youngsters are left to fend for themselves. Daisy's aunt is away on business and the sitter never arrives. For a short time, the more-or-less orphaned kids become a solid family on their own, with Daisy and Eddie falling for each other, while caring for the younger children. The cousin romance angle is portrayed as both natural and innocent. But when war separates them, they must struggle against all odds to survive and find their way home.

A note for parents: There are some mild sexual situations, although they are not nearly as graphic as what is seen in most movies these days. There is some occasional strong language... not often, but when it's there, it's THERE. And there are some violent scenes which, like the sex and the language, are much milder than most movies, but still more than what younger children need to be watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Price on March 31, 2014
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If it's possible to be fascinated by a movie and confused by it at the same time, that was my reaction to "How I Live Now." You can find out the plot by reading most of the reviews, but I'll say the things that struck me are the attention to making the world seem like a children's playground before the war begins. That makes the nightmare that follows all the more significant. And I was truly grateful to see the lead actress make a transformation from annoying to caring in the film. (Boy, was she grating in the first 20 minutes.) This is one of those movies that will leave you thinking a lot of "what ifs" and maybe that's the point. The confusing part is you never actually know who are the bad guys in this movie. This includes whether the government is inflicting violence on its own people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on November 17, 2013
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Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) "don't call me Elizabeth" has Daddy issues and comes to vacation in the country side of England with relatives she has never met. She takes meds for the voices in her head and is a disagreeable individual who hates everything about the country except for a young man named Eddie (George MacKay) a cow whisperer. Europe is in turmoil, events we know little about. When a nuclear device is exploded in London, fallout comes to the farm (literally and figuratively) as Daisy opts to refuse passage to safety to stay in her newly acquired comfort zone.

The film centers around Daisy and the choices she makes for her new family, going from a self centered individual, finally learning about loving a family, something she has missed since the death of her mother. "WWIII" provides the background and was more of a distraction to the film than anything else. Saoirse Ronan, a NYC girl who has also lived in Ireland was a natural for the part.

This is another series of films that were well made, but I didn't find having an overwhelming amount of entertainment value. Even with the dropping of an atomic bomb and armies roaming the countryside, I was still in the mode of waiting for something to happen besides the growing of Daisy's character. Clearly this is an action/drama/thriller chick flick I had no business watching. 3 1/2 stars

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Sex. Off screen rape. No nudity.
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