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Young Ones (2014)

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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
David Butler ...
Sam Lever
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Katherine Holm
Christy Pankhurst ...
Robbie
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Sooz
David Clatworthy ...
Calvin Hooyman
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Anna
Carel Nel ...
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Barry Armitage ...
Well-dressed man
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) fends 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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17 October 2014 (USA)  »

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Nicholous Hoult & Kodi Smit-McMphee would later reunite in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) See more »

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Jerome Holm: I never saw this land when it was green. My father did. He 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 neighbors. 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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Send Me the Pillow You Dream On
Written by Hank Locklin © 1960
Performed by Hank Locklin
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of Sony Music
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Decent dystopia/apocalyptic tale. Visually and tonally impressive.
19 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

First up I'd really like to counter the earlier reviewers claims that this is "A story that had true potential was crippled by a lack of character development, and the nonexistence of focus" What utter nonsense, just because a film uses subtly instead of a sledgehammer to get it's message across and credits the viewer with at least a glimmer of intelligence does not make it a bad film. On the contrary this is a fantastic film with a story arc that builds to a satisfying conclusion. Yes the pace is slow but clearly this is to enforce the ideas within the narrative, a parched existence if you will. For me the pacing wasn't an issue at all and created a pleasant tension. Visually it is stunning and the production design and the near-future technology was extremely well realised and executed. Fans of 70's sci-fi should look no further.


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