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Sunday, 22 March 2015

YOUNG ONES [2014]

Writer/director Jake Paltrow channels a futuristic John Steinbeck in the slow-burning post-apocalyptic western, Young Ones.
Set in the not-so-distant future, the world has fallen onto hard times with a very short supply of water, the film follows a family struggling to keep their land at the risk of their own lives.  Broken up into three very distinct parts, the story explores themes of violence, deceit, patriachy and survival all which make for great conversation pieces if the characters were just a little more fleshed out.  Paltrow's aesthetics are actually quite pleasing with it's over-baked photography, old-timey film editing and dissolves, with some great character framework and moody music courtesy of Nathan Johnson.
It might not meet the potential it has going for it but it certainly has enough going for it to enjoy as a lover of off-kilter sci-fi cinema.

3 babies for sale out of 5

2 comments:

cuckoo said...

Fun Fact:

The Pip-pip's hilarious renamed it Bad Land: Road To Fury, I suppose to avoid audiences from thinking it was Rik, Neil, Mike and Vyvyan suffering from a severe water draught.

They should have just called it Young Ones Assemble. XD

Dr Faustus said...

Bad Land: Road to Fury? Bloody hell. They put words into a hat and pulled out five...

There’s a famous 1960s film over here with Cliff Richard called TYO. It was renamed for over there. The circle of silly renaming is complete.

It’s from the old film that the TV show took its name. I don’t think old Cliff would’ve been a fan, though. They mocked him often. :)