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Young Ones (2014)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  17 October 2014 (USA)
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Set in the future when water is hard to find, a teenage boy sets out to protect his family and survive.

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Ernest Holm
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Mary Holm
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Caleb Moore
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Sam Lever
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Katherine Holm
Christy Pankhurst ...
Robbie
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Sooz
David Clatworthy ...
Calvin Hooyman
Liah O'Prey ...
Anna
Carel Nel ...
Bandit
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Barry Armitage ...
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Ben Horowitz ...
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Set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth's precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm Michael Shannon lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome Kodi Smit-McPhee and Mary Elle Fanning. He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary's boyfriend, Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), has grander designs. He wants Ernest's land for himself, and will go to any length to get it. From writer/director Jake Paltrow comes a futuristic western, told in three chapters, which inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that's steeped deeply in the values of the American West. Written by Laurent Boyé

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In a future without water vengeance will rain.


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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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The rifle/shotgun that many characters use in the film appears to be a fusion of a Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mark 3 rifle and a Mossberg Maverick 88 shotgun. See more »

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The boom from overflying supersonic airplanes is heard when directly overhead. In reality, the sonic boom trails by at least the cruising altitude. See more »

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Jerome Holm: I never saw this land when it was green. My father did. Hw worked it before the drought came. He used to talk about it all the time. He used to talk about the wheat they grew and the pride they felt. He always believed in the land. Even as the fights over water first divided states, then towns and then neighbours, most people who could, left. But he had his reasons for staying. He was convinced the land would come back. It just needed water. And he was right.
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Hello Walls - 1995 Remaster
Written by Willie Nelson © 1961
Performed by Faron Young
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Capitol Records Nashville
Under license from EMI Music Special Markets
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Rating Should Be Higher
24 February 2015 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

This is a good movie. It looks good. It's interesting. It has a decent plot. It also has a few well defined characters, one of which is Ernest Holm, the father of two teenage children and the owner of a barren stretch of farm land turned desert. Holm is played by Michael Shannon in convincing fashion. He is determined without being unscrupulous. He is flawed yet humble enough to know it. He has convictions. He loves his family. This film reminded me of There Will Be Blood. The Daniel Day-Lewis movie is, of course, superior to this one although there is a similar perspective of harsh land and desperate men whose fates lie in their ability to coax wealth from it. The other major difference its that this is set in the near future and has the conceivable technological improvisations of a world where water has become the most rare commodity. All in all a pretty good movie well deserving of a much higher rating than it currently averages.


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