The setting is the English countryside, away from London, where Ronan is forced to bond with her young relatives when the going gets tough. But a handsome neighbor truly captures her heart, and it’s that relationship—tested under fire, as it were—that gives the film a romantic angle along with the suspense of eluding an unnamed enemy.
If I had to describe this movie in one word, it would be “dull.” I had a difficult time getting—and staying—involved. The child actors do a good job, no small feat alongside the experienced Ronan, but as most of the war-related drama takes place off-screen it becomes emotionally (and literally) distant. Perhaps a teenage girl who identifies with the protagonist and shares her moony-eyed interest in the young hero would feel different. Not sharing that point of view, I can’t honestly recommend this picture.