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This review is from: How I Live Now [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Once again I have to be entirely honest here and say I did initially buy this film JUST to see Saoirse Ronan. Like Chloe Moretz, she is an amazing actress and both are certainly the future of Hollywood. I am a HUGE fan of hers and was immediately interested in this film.
I had no expectations for this film. The trailer looked great and Saoirse was in it. Oh, and the bluray was a great price!! So when I watched it, I went in entirely open to whatever I was about to see. And I was so impressed. I don't know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't this. There's so much of Daisy in myself it is unreal, and I can really identify with her as a character. Seeing the relationship between her and her cousins blossom, and Daisy herself letting her guard down is beautiful, it's so well done and not forced or over directed in any way. In some ways it's almost poetic that the kids, teens, young adult group fend so well for themselves without adults. They're intelligent, resourceful yet still adolescent.
You're quite in the dark about the state of the world and the very idea of World War Three (if that's what it is,) as an event until the awful separation. When Eddie and Daisy were so much in love at this point and them, Isaac, Edmund and Piper were so together as a unit, I was heartbroken, especially when you had this horrible idea about what the fate of the boys could be. Piper and Daisy are evacuated and kept together, foraging for fresh fruit and vegetables during the day. Only here did you get to see the world for what it had become, and it's a shocking fear of what could come to this world, if WW3 really were to happen. The water tablets is a great idea, I commend Meg Rosoff for inventing or using that. The violence is truly seen as Piper and Daisy head back to the countryside house, which includes a mass grave and the witnessing of a gang rape. The discovery at the mass grave will truly get you.
It's almost bizarre that a teenager and child set off hand in hand across a war-stricken Britain to reunite themselves as a family and unit. As mentioned, they see, experience and encounter so much that only makes them stronger. The determination of Daisy and innocence of Piper make them a brilliant combination.
The representation of how deep the bond between Eddie and Daisy is is truly amazing, and Daisy has a way of almost feeling or knowing that Eddie isn't safe. It's not psychic as such, the film doesn't dabbled with what some might call 'the impossible.' The bond is strong and she responds, especially at the end of the film.
Considering the small size and ages of the main cast members, everyone holds their place on screen. Saoirse could have a broom as her co star and make it work, quite frankly. Want proof? Watch The Lovely Bones. That must have been done almost entirely in greenscreen (her parts anyway,) and how glorious is she in that? By the end of this film, all my lights were off, and I was sat on my bed, tears in my eyes and hands clasped at my chin. Such a brilliantly acted, directed and book-to-screen film. Do not miss this, if you're not sure, buy it, you will not regret it.