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Young Ones (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Visually compelling but narratively barren, Young Ones adds little to the dystopian Western genre.

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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. (C) Screen Media

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Cast

Michael Shannon
as Ernest Holm
Nicholas Hoult
as Flem Lever
Elle Fanning
as Mary Holm
Kodi Smit-McPhee
as Jerome Holm
Aimee Mullins
as Katherine Holm
Liah O'Prey
as Anna/Ears
David Clatworthy
as Calvin Hooyman
Carel Nel
as Bandit
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Critic Reviews for Young Ones

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (11)

In the hot, dry world of Jake Paltrow's dystopian western, Young Ones, the characterizations are as sparse as the desert foliage.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014
Globe and Mail
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"Young Ones" is a futuristic look at a world with little water, but the most barren thing in this Western-sci-fi flick is the character development.

Full Review… | October 30, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
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Young Ones has some interesting twists but falls short as a reworking of a classic Hollywood oater.

Full Review… | October 30, 2014
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Too bland to qualify as a really notable disaster, "Young Ones" finds young Paltrow still trying to find his voice.

Full Review… | October 17, 2014
RogerEbert.com
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No matter how grim the future may be, it deserves a better movie in the here and now.

Full Review… | October 17, 2014
Detroit News
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The setting is futuristic, but the themes are ancient in "Young Ones," Jake Paltrow's eccentric merger of frontier western and science-fiction gadgetry.

Full Review… | October 16, 2014
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Young Ones

½

This movie was new and fresh despite critics given it bad reviews this movie is amazing it may be slow at times but it's good highly recommend this film

Logan Ogzewalla
Logan Ogzewalla
½

Whether it's the slow, dragging plot or the excessive arid desert scenery, Young Ones is a painstaking and depressing movie. To see such a bright cast in such a dark movie is very unfortunate.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq
½

150802: A neat motorcycle and firearm was about all I took from this film. I found it unfortunate that the relationship between Anna & Jerome was never developed. A bleak, rightful revenge story that had me excited from the trailer to the first fifteen minutes.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

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