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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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Jake Paltrow

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Jake Paltrow
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Ernest Holm
Nicholas Hoult ... Flem Lever
Elle Fanning ... Mary Holm
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Jerome Holm
Robert Hobbs ... Caleb Moore
David Butler David Butler ... Sam Lever
Aimee Mullins ... Katherine Holm
Christy Pankhurst Christy Pankhurst ... Robbie
Alex McGregor ... Sooz
David Clatworthy David Clatworthy ... Calvin Hooyman
Liah O'Prey ... Anna
Carel Nel Carel Nel ... Bandit
Andy McPhee ... Foreman
Barry Armitage Barry Armitage ... Well-dressed man
Ben Horowitz Ben Horowitz ... Water Guard
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Storyline

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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Country:

South Africa | Ireland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Ones See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First of 2 films in 2 years starting Nicholous Hoult to have the words "Road" & "Fury" as a subtitle. The other being Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). (In the United Kingdom the film has been renamed "Bad Land: Road To Fury".) See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Written by Nathan Johnson
Performed by Nathan Johnson featuring Faux Fix
Courtesy of Choplogic Music
Under license from Nathan Johnson
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Rating Should Be Higher
24 February 2015 | by avidnewbieSee all my reviews

This is a good movie. It looks good. It's interesting. It has a decent plot. It also has a few well defined characters, one of which is Ernest Holm, the father of two teenage children and the owner of a barren stretch of farm land turned desert. Holm is played by Michael Shannon in convincing fashion. He is determined without being unscrupulous. He is flawed yet humble enough to know it. He has convictions. He loves his family. This film reminded me of There Will Be Blood. The Daniel Day-Lewis movie is, of course, superior to this one although there is a similar perspective of harsh land and desperate men whose fates lie in their ability to coax wealth from it. The other major difference its that this is set in the near future and has the conceivable technological improvisations of a world where water has become the most rare commodity. All in all a pretty good movie well deserving of a much higher rating than it currently averages.


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