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Watch: Trailer For Kevin Macdonald's Apocalyptic 'How I Live Now' Starring Saoirse Ronan & Tom Holland

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist August 9, 2013 at 7:07PM

In an end-of-the-world-heavy summer, we've seen blockbusters in which the world was saved ("Man Of Steel," "World War Z"), cancelled ("Pacific Rim"), ended ("This Is The End"), and whatever happens in Edgar Wright's imminent "The World's End." So far, it's been a fairly light-hearted take on the apocalypse But as the days get shorter, the films look to get bleaker, as a trailer for a new young-skewing end-times picture demonstrates.
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Saoirse Ronan How I Live Now

In an end-of-the-world-heavy summer, we've seen blockbusters in which the world was saved ("Man Of Steel," "World War Z"), cancelled ("Pacific Rim"), ended ("This Is The End"), and whatever happens in Edgar Wright's imminent "The World's End." So far, it's been a fairly lighthearted take on the apocalypse. But as the days get shorter, the films look to get bleaker, as a trailer for a new young-skewing end-times picture demonstrates.

Based on the best-selling prize-winning novel by Meg Rosoff, "How I Live Now" is the latest film from director Kevin Macdonald ("Touching The Void," "The Last King Of Scotland,"), and toplines Saoirse Ronan as an American teen, Daisy, who comes to stay with distant relatives in a time of strife. She ends up falling for one, Edmond (rising star George MacKay, of "The Boys Are Back"),  but their affair is cut short when a nuclear device goes off and England is occupied, forcing Daisy and Edmond to desperately fight for survival.

It's dark stuff, if the book is anything to go by, and the first glimpse of a trailer (via ScreenTerrier) suggests that Macdonald hasn't watered things down here. It's reminiscent of old-school apocalypse fare like "Survivors," "When The Wind Blows" and even "Grave Of The Fireflies" as well as the more recent "28 Days Later," and the young cast—which also includes "The Impossible" breakout Tom Holland—have a lot of promise. The film's currently slated for U.K. release on October 4th, so don't be surprised to see it added to the line ups at TIFF or Fantastic Fest in the near future, before Magnolia release the film further down the line. In the meantime, watch the trailer below.


This article is related to: Kevin Macdonald, How I Live Now, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland


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