Bad Land: Road to Fury

Bad Land: Road to Fury

Jake Paltrow (2014)

95min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this speculative drama set in the near future, rainfall is virtually unheard of, water is extracted from the ground like oil, and small farmers face a desperate battle for survival. Michael Shannon's remote holding is now dry as dust, and he clings on by supplying a nearby water-drilling operation with illicit booze, all the while trying to keep daughter Elle Fanning out of the grasp of her scheming bad-boy boyfriend Nicholas Hoult. With its combination of wild-west frontier settings, gnarly familial tensions, and an intelligent take on the likely integration of robot technology into everyday lives, this ambitious effort from writer director Jake Paltrow (Gwyneth's younger brother) has a lot going for it - except a compelling central storyline. As the original US title Young Ones suggests, it's actually the less-interesting junior cast members who grab most of the limelight, rather than the ever-watchable Shannon, and anticipation dissipates as the narrative wanders hither and thither. It's intermittently arresting but ultimately exasperating.

Summary

A farmer in a post-apocalyptic wasteland struggles to protect his home and children from bandits while searching for a way to restore the barren soil to life. Meanwhile, his daughter's boyfriend plots against him, hoping to take the land for himself. Sci-fi thriller, starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning.

Cast & Crew

Ernest Holm Michael Shannon
Flem Lever Nicholas Hoult
Mary Holm Elle Fanning
Jerome Holm Kodi Smit-McPhee
Katherine Holm Aimee Mullins
Caleb Moore Robert Hobbs
Sam Lever David Butler (3)
Robbie Christy Pankhurst
Sooz Alex McGregor
Calvin Hooyman David Clatworthy
Director Jake Paltrow
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SignatureGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 May 2015
Drama