Gosh, there were endless possibilities here. Endless. Even for a Young Adult cheapie. But the script didn't help much ("edddiiieeee") and Saoirse, talented as she is, ghostwalked through the story without much feeling or grip (again, "eeddiiiieee"). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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.
The films sets itself up to be more than what you get. I guess what this film does is show close character relationships, but more the most part of this film nothing really happens. I think that if it wasn't for Saoirse Ronan, I'd of probably took an early exit. However, I do admire its bravery concerning some of the deaths in this.