Loved it. Fuck all of those dystopian YA movies like Hunger Games and Divergent. This is my kind of dystopian YA movie;emotional and intimate;no big action scenes;the war serves as a backdrop for a (very moving) love story. It's also about coming of age (and eventually coming to terms) for a lost and angry 16 yr old girl. The camera is clearly infatuated with Ronan and can you blame it?; she's astonishing.
Though Ronan very convincingly plays the angsty American teen visiting her hospitable family in the UK, the rest of the film sort of falls apart once London is bombed. For a film about physical and emotional fallout, there's not a lot of trauma going on - or story, really. A few corpses does not an effective war film make. The director is normally so skilled that this almost feels like studio sabotage.
Middling adaptation from a director capable of so much more. A young yank stranded with cousins in the UK suddenly finds herself in the midst of a possible WWIII and struggles to stay alive to continue her incestuous affair with her cousin. Yet even with a plot like that this plays like a more boring version of 'Never Let Me Go'. The possibilities go unchecked despite an interesting turn by Sairose Ryan.