Young Ones

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Released 2014

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Director:
Jake Paltrow
Released:
2014
Rating:
R
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.

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  • 50

    indieWIRE

    The way it reaches to find the humanity in a place devoid of hope shows admirable attempt at a singular vision. But Paltrow overestimates the timeless nature of the story.

  • 50

    Variety Geoff Berkshire

    The sophomore effort from Jake Paltrow ("The Good Night") gets so bogged down in its primal tale of murder and revenge that the most intriguing elements become little more than fut...

  • 40

    The Hollywood Reporter David Rooney

    Paltrow shows a capable hand with the actors... However, the characters only intermittently engage our interest.

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