How I Live Now is an 2013 British apocalyptic drama film based on the 2004 novel of same name by Meg Rosoff, directed by Kevin Macdonald (Last King Of Scotland). It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. An American girl sent to the English countryside to stay with relatives finds herself fighting for her survival as the UK turns into a violent military state.
Daisy (Saoirse Ronan), a neurotic but strong-willed New York City teenager, is sent to the English countryside for the summer to stay with her British cousins, Edmond (George MacKay), Isaac (Tom Holland) and Piper (Harley Bird). News reports playing as she arrives in the United Kingdom reveal a worsening political crisis across the world. Although initially reluctant to interact with them, Daisy finds herself warming up upon learning that her deceased mother used to stay there frequently. She also falls in love with Eddie, her eldest cousin, finding him to be as introverted and strong-willed as her. A few days after her arrival, her aunt flies to Geneva to attend an emergency conference, and the group take advantage of her absence to explore their local woodlands.
However, Daisy’s perfect summer is shattered when an unspecified enemy (implied to be anarchists) detonate a nuclear bomb in London, killing thousands, and causing a nuclear fallout as far away as their home. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive.
I do love a good apocalyptic drama, even if it does sound like this one is a bit more of a romance with a apocalyptic background theme. Currently it is still on my watchlist, so let me know what you think about the movie?