This movie has to offer two things in it's favor: a different, and surprisingly dark perspective on war, and Saoirse Ronan, who is as brilliant as ever. But the total lack of the big picture is problematic sometimes, even when I understand it's purpose to get the viewer into the perspective of the protagonist. It also has big parts that feel like your average first love teen drama (that's rated R).
Another movie based on a youth/young adult book with the same problems other have. On the plus side there is the beautiful and brilliant Saorsie and great cinematography.
The story is full of holes and logical lapses. Why the attack ? Was it a war or terrorists ? The timeline is incomprehensible. How much time has past from the beginning to the end of the movie. Days ? Weeks ? Months ? If this was supposed to be a World War it was the shortest one in history. .
The story in general is too convenient. Daisy hasn`t reached her destination yet when she already sees the boy she´s going to fall in love with who coincidentally is the only guy her age. And of course he´s going to fall for her to. And the moment she begins to change her attitude the war starts so everything changes for them. I don´t think a government would draw young boys to war by force but they are seperated and in typical love-conquers-all fashion Daisy tries everything to get back. But since the whole thing is directed at a younger audience, young girls especially, it might be my over analysing adult mind that´s dissatisfied.