Synopsis: A fledgling romance is interrupted as four kids have to fend for themselves after a war breaks out. Separated into different camps, they are determined to be reunited and recapture their previous life.
Stan's thoughts: As a teen romance this is a cut above, partly because it steers well clear of anything saccharin and too schmaltzy and partly because of its grim, realistic setting. Great performances from the four kids/teens led by Saoirse Ronan and George MacKay as the star crossed lovers.
Solid, entertaining and occasionally moving this doesn't have the super-natural element (definitely no vampires) much utilised by a lot of teen fiction/films at present but it is refreshing for that. If you are thinking of watching The Host, watch this instead, it is much, much, much better.Ratings
- Stan's: 74%
- IMDB: 63%
- Metascore: 58%
- Rotten Tomatoes: 72%
- RT audience rating: 62%