Young Ones' Waterless World Is So Freaking Bleak It's Making Us Thirsty

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The more we see of the BigDog robot-starring dystopian Western film Young Ones, the more excited we get. The cast is bananas, featuring Michael Shannon, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult. And the look is so bleak, but also beautiful. Behold the madness.


Young Ones is directed by Jake Paltrow, and you can read the official synopsis below. We'll be watching this film.

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 hits theaters on Oct. 17th.


So did they accidentally fling the entire Pacific and Atlantic Oceans out into outer space or something? A planet that 71% covered in water does not just dry out.