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'Young Ones' wastes intriguing dire-future premise
'Young Ones' wastes intriguing dire-future premise

Writer-director Jake Paltrow's dystopian potboiler "Young Ones" starts with a lip-licking premise: As a catastrophic global water shortage creates a barren globe, it also spurs a new, wild, untamed West. In this parched, resource-scarce near-future of a backdrop, Paltrow replants the tragic western: Lonely husband and father Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon), a supplier for desert-camp "watermen," dreams of once more cultivating his outpost of land and keeping his restless daughter (Elle Fanning) from an ambitious businessman's son, Flem (Nicholas Hoult). But as "Young Ones" segues into a tale of generational revenge, led by Ernest's adoring,...

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