When I first heard of Young Ones in passing, I failed to pay it much mind. Maybe that’s why, now that the trailer has seeped in, I think it looks absolutely terrific! In 2 minutes and 13 seconds alone, the enigma of this movie all wrapped up in the water-less earth and the water-less people and the haze cast a sort of deep spell over me. Check it out in October and maybe we can be dismally enchanted together for almost 2 hours 🙂 .
Release date: October 17th, 2014
Young Ones is 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). He defends 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.