Writer/director Jake Platrow (The Good Night) is venturing into the dystopian future with his new futuristic western tragedy Young Ones. The words ‘futuristic western’ are enough to sell me, but coupling it with a Greek tragedy and a moody pace has me so psyched to check out this little flick when it debuts this fall. An all-star cast of actors fill out the roster that includes Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Check out the trailer and synopsis below.
YOUNG ONES is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren 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. From writer/director Jake Paltrow comes a futuristic western, told in three chapters, which inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that’s steeped deeply in the values of the American West.
Young Ones will be in theaters October 17, 2014.