If you look at the current state of science fiction film you get the distinct impression that the bulk of humanity has a bleak outlook on our prospects for the future. Between movies like The Rover, Snowpiercer, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and The Hunger Games it appears we have a collective fear of society collapsing on top of us in one way or another. (And that doesn’t even take into account movies about giant monsters stomping through major population centers or massive robots wrecking up the joint for everyone). And now it looks like we can add Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones to that list, and you can check out in this new trailer and poster.
This Sundance favorite presents a grim, sun scorched, wind-swept frontier where water has become the most precious commodity on the planet. The scarcity dictates every thing from larger politics to small-scale family interactions, and even young romance. It’s comes across as an updated version of the world we know from George Miller’s Mad Max movies with a few modern twists thrown in. Not only is a bleak, ruined, wretched world, but also you get a peek at futuristic drones and a mule robot that certainly resembles those mechanical pack animals DARPA has been working on for years.
But still, even with the dire situation, people like Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) try to farm, and he’s bringing along with his family, son Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and daughter Mary (Elle Fanning). Ernest protects his farm and family from bandits violently when necessary, works on the supply routes to pay the bills, and tries to make his land fertile once again. He’s been trying for years to gain access to irrigation that will make his plot viable, but failing every time. Mary’s boyfriend Flem (Nicholas Hoult), however, has grander ideas, and nefarious fans of his own. When family is involved things tend to get really complicated.
Coming out of Sundance earlier this year, Young Ones garnered generally positive reviews, with critics calling it a smart and original twist on the post-apocalyptic subgenre, and it certainly looks like that. There are also western tropes in play, and from the swelling music to the grim setting to the stunning photography, this certainly looks like it will satisfy both the more artistic leaning viewers as well as those looking for a grim post-apocalyptic story with a fantastic cast.
Young Ones finally gets a wide release on October 17. In the meantime, check out this new poster and let us know what you think of this in comments below.