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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.

Director:

Jake Paltrow

Writer:

Jake Paltrow
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Soundtracks

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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In the middle.
20 August 2015 | by patriciovilchesSee all my reviews

The movie doesn't add much to the sci-fi genre.But, the story can be interesting if you pay a lot of attention. That's one of the major problems with this movie: The story starts in a boring way making it a challenge to keep up watching but it changes it's paste when getting near to the end.At least, the actors did their best to show emotions(which are basically anger & revenge). What i liked a lot was that the movie shows many young actors with potential to make more interesting movies IF they still follow these same styles of films. I somehow feel that this movie could have been much more if the story was developed in a other way. In conclusion, i think this movie was not that bad but neither would i watch it again.


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