2013, 100 minutes, color, U.S.A.
Water is running out. Land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. Not long from now, the hardened survivors of the loss of Earth’s precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm, played by Michael Shannon, lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome and Mary. He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary's boyfriend, Flem Lever, played by Nicholas Hoult, has grander designs. He wants Ernest's land for himself, and he means to get it.
Grounded by pitch-perfect performances, writer/director Jake Paltrow's sophomore effort reverently strips down genre tropes, inventively layering Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that’s steeped in the values of the American West. With a visceral application of cinematic and theatrical shorthand, and a passionate storytelling sense, Young Ones quickly establishes a distinct, fully realized universe and never lets go.
Director: Jake Paltrow
Screenwriter: Jake Paltrow
Producers: Tristan Orpen Lynch, Michael Auret, Jake Paltrow
Executive Producers: Marina Fuentes Arredonda, Brian O'Shea, Jan Pace, James Atherton, Peter Garde, Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum, Nathan Johnson
Cinematographer: Giles Nuttgens
Editor: Matt Mayer
Production Designer: Sharon Lomofsky
Composer: Nathan Johnson
Principal Cast: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee