How I Live Now

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HOW I LIVE NOW —–teenager-oriented apocalypse sliver from 2013, taken from a Young Adult novel, has a obnoxiously rude American girl going to live with relatives in rural England just when World War Something breaks out. The kids struggle to survive. Some make it.  Decently reviewed, miniature-sized, love-conquers-trauma story that eschews big effects by downsizing the what-would-it-be-like? angle to a handful of characters in a limited setting, as they deal with martial law, scarce resources and rampant disorder. Unfairness hits home to the sheltered.

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Adeptly handled (director Kevin MacDonald) 101 minutes with some effective scenes (the segment depicting the rush of wind through a forest, announcing a nuclear blast many miles away is quite good) but the kids aren’t interesting, and the lead, though well-played by Saoirse Ronan, is so off-putting, and the other children’s reactions to her so unlikely that I didn’t give a damn whether she made it out alive & wise or not.  It has a following.  I’ll stick with Katniss…..

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Ushering in more hope for the future

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