No, this isn’t about the hilarious British sitcom The Young Ones—R.I.P. Rik Mayall—but it’s acceptable to make that mistake, as it’s been ages since we heard anything about this somber sci-fi tale from director Jake Paltrow. Screen Media has reminded everyone of Young Ones‘ existence by releasing a slew of new images from the film. For those of us that didn’t catch the flick when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, this is pretty much the first real chance to see what Young Ones looks like.
And it looks…pretty quiet on the western front, though I’m sure there will be noise. Also written by Paltrow, Young Ones is set in a future where the world of technology has mostly collapsed and water is the most sought-after product on the planet. Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Mary (Elle Fanning), and their father Ernest (Michael Shannon) have spent their remaining funds on a robotic mule to deliver goods and supplies to a work crew drilling wells into the mountains above their home. And then everything goes wrong.
Meet Flem (Nicholas Hoult), an outsider whose motivations include trying to take back the land that his father once owned in the early 21st century, along with taking Mary to be his suitor. I seriously doubt he cares whether she’s willing to join him or not, as he will lie and bullshit his way to getting whatever he wants. Here’s a shot of Flem and Ernest having a little chat in the sun.
Everything we’ve heard about this flick refers to a dark series of events that take over the characters’ lives, and I’m pretty sure Ernest eats a bullet at some point, considering this movie is called Young Ones. Check out that robotic mule in the still below.
And here is the best of all these images, the rest of which you can find here. I’m a sucker for any kind of an illustrated movie poster, and Michael Shannon’s face doesn’t get this treatment enough.
This past weekend saw the expanded release of David Michod’s The Rover, another dark post-apocalyptic thriller, and Young Ones will have to work extremely hard to outshine that tension-filled flick. We’ll find out one way or the other when it hits theaters this October.