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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Holm
Mary Holm
Caleb Moore
David Butler ...
Sam Lever
Katherine Holm
Christy Pankhurst ...
David Clatworthy ...
Calvin Hooyman
Carel Nel ...
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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17 October 2014 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
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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Written by Nathan Johnson
Performed by Nathan Johnson featuring Faux Fix
Courtesy of Choplogic Music
Under license from Nathan Johnson
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A movie worth watching
20 October 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I got to admit that i have never reviewed any title in IMDb before. I do watch lot of movies but never felt like writing a review.

Young ones is an amazing movie that i have watched in an while. I kinda shows us the expectation of how the world would be 50 years from now.

The cinematography had me thru the entire movie.The characters and their relation are well formed and showcased in likable way.

The lead characters grab our attention right from the start and get in flow the movie plot. I really felt sad all on with characters, revived by the revenge and fell in love with the movie all over again.

Young ones is one of a kind. Soundtrack by Nathan Johnson did a sensational piece of art, taking the movie scenes to the next level.

Over all . 8/10

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