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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
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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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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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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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To Beat the Devil
Written by Kris Kristofferson
Performed by Kris Kristofferson (as Kristoffer Kristofferson)
Published by Universal Music - Careers
Courtesy of Columbia Nashville
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Art house Sci-Fi 'must see'
29 December 2014 | by (Southampton, UK) – See all my reviews

If you love the artistic and non-mainstream risks taken by art-house films, then Young Ones belongs on your watch list with other indie Sci-Fis such as Lars von Trier's Melancholia, Juan Solanas' Upside Down, and Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem.

A gritty film about pioneers in a drought ridden landscape, it's a futuristic dust bowl tale as grim as Grapes of Wrath. It's memorable and keeps your attention, while portraying Sci-Fi in a very believable way. The mix of poverty and high technology, the extremes of the haves and have-nots, and water shortages in the US, amplifies the current state of a society as all good sci-fi films do.

Good actors and acting, and gorgeous to watch. What's not to like?


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