Young Ones

Coming water wars provide chilling backdrop for new Young Ones trailer

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Aug 22, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT (Updated)

Just when you thought the future didn't look harrowing enough, we've got a new trailer for another grim sci-fi film coming out this fall.

While wars for oil have been a dominant theme of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the specter of conflicts fought over water is becoming a real possibility due to climate change, massive droughts and the shortages that could occur as a result of both. 

The new film Young Ones is set against that chilling scenario, and like another dark dystopian film released earlier this year, The Rover, it's set in a future that does not seem very far removed from the time we're living in right now.

The film stars Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) as a man who is trying to revitalize his barren land, protect his farm from intruders and take care of his children, played by Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee. But all that is thrown into turmoil by his daughter's new boyfriend (Nicholas Hoult), who wants Shannon's land for himself and will apparently do anything to get his hands on it.

As you might think from reading that, Young Ones is essentially a western in many ways -- only a western that takes place on a dying, destabilized Earth.

The film is written and directed by Jake Paltrow (Gwyneth's brother) and opens on Oct. 17. Full synopsis and trailer below. And do us a favor -- don't leave the water running anywhere.

(via Slashfilm)

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.