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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ernest Holm
... Flem Lever
... Mary Holm
... Jerome Holm
... Caleb Moore
David Butler ... Sam Lever
... Katherine Holm
Christy Pankhurst ... Robbie
... Sooz
David Clatworthy ... Calvin Hooyman
... Anna
Carel Nel ... Bandit
... Foreman
Barry Armitage ... Well-dressed man
Ben Horowitz ... Water Guard


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 October 2014 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


[first lines]
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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This is not post-apocalyptic
4 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

I am always on the look out for anything where people are trying to survive a world that is clearly screwed. This came up on some forums as fitting the bill. It isn't. In this world people are a bit thirsty, well some of them are anyway.

This is more like a western in look, feel and in plot.

A struggling farm owner is trying to get the water company to put a main into his farm. The main character is an interesting chap with high morals, including a healthy obligation to his fellow man. He does however have some drinking demons.

What plays out is story of struggle, conflict, betrayal and absolution. Pretty much like a western then.

Performances are great, scenery and production are excellent. The story is grounded and interesting - but not particularly exciting.

A well made film with a good story - just not what I was looking for on the night.

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