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  • Summary: Set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the 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)andSet in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the 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. Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Oct 18, 2014
    83
    Young Ones and its serious, bone-dry approach won’t be for everyone. The picture is languidly paced, but its ideas, moods and tones strike many thought-provoking chords.
  2. Reviewed by: Clayton Dillard
    Oct 13, 2014
    75
    It avoids the typical trappings of the genre pastiche by utilizing its clear indebtedness to numerous other films as merely a starting point, rather than an end.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 16, 2014
    70
    This spare but potent melodrama revels in the desiccated landscapes provided by South Africa and photographed with dusty purity by Giles Nuttgens. Through his lens, the spectrum of sunbaked skin and parched dunes is as rich as any rainbow.
  4. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Jul 25, 2014
    50
    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 futuristic window dressing.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Oct 16, 2014
    40
    Paltrow's kitchen-sink visual sense may keep your eyes engaged, but it sucks dry any inherent drama, leaving you with a bunch of characters who feel pegged by a conjurer rather than nurtured from a wretched new Earth.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Jul 25, 2014
    40
    Paltrow shows a capable hand with the actors... However, the characters only intermittently engage our interest.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 15, 2014
    20
    Director Jake Paltrow’s stark sense of place fades as familiar genre elements are introduced. It winds up like “There Will Be Blood,” but with H2O, not oil. It’s food for thought, nothing more.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Nov 12, 2014
    2
    Boring and forgettable. If you can watch this movie without checking your email, making a sandwich, or generally being distracted by your ownBoring and forgettable. If you can watch this movie without checking your email, making a sandwich, or generally being distracted by your own thoughts, you've done better than me. The special effects are okay, the plot is minimal, and the impact is non-existent. For what is essentially a drama in a dystopian future, this film was rather undramatic. Expand

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