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.
In a future without water vengeance will rain.
Did You Know?
The tag that Ernest places on the machine with his name also contains a radio frequency in the 10-meter ham radio band and a ham radio callsign, KC4TVZ. In the real world, this callsign belongs to a notorious "lid", or poor radio operator, who likes to hang out on the 10-meter ham band. See more
The movie focuses on them needing a robot to transport water, but the main character is later seen driving around in a pickup truck much larger than the robot. See more
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.
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 See more