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5.0 out of 5 stars for fans of Elephant and Brick and other brilliant films
my favourite film in yonks, this is bleak and beautiful, about rich kids at a posh Australian school, constantly interacting with the latest technology, they're emotionless and robotic - it reminded me very very much of Elephant and Brick, and you can also namecheck Donnie Darko and even If... and Lord Of The Flies. They're not very nice people and you could lose sleep...
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by P. J. Legg

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3.0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN STOP THIS
At a nice private High School rich kids are over indulgent. Darren (Oliver Ackland) is a computer robot junkie who lives in the shadow of his cooler step brother Zack (Alex Russell) who thinks very highly of himself. Xandrie (Adelaide Clemens) is a cutie who is "crushing on Darren." She attends a party filled with alcohol and drugs in hopes of spending some time with...
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3.0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN STOP THIS, 28 April 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wasted on The Young [DVD] (DVD)
At a nice private High School rich kids are over indulgent. Darren (Oliver Ackland) is a computer robot junkie who lives in the shadow of his cooler step brother Zack (Alex Russell) who thinks very highly of himself. Xandrie (Adelaide Clemens) is a cutie who is "crushing on Darren." She attends a party filled with alcohol and drugs in hopes of spending some time with Darren. She passes out and spends time with everyone but Darren as our tale of innocent love becomes a tale of vengeance.

The film has some good scenes and a good ending. The characters didn't hook you as we got to know the bad guys better than the good guys. Darren was poorly written. The dialouge could have been better and the wanna-be relationship between our two main heroes is shown as a fleeting flashback and isn't well developed. It is drama/ thriller that could have been scripted better.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, male nudity. Deals with drugs and rape.
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3.0 out of 5 stars original take on high school angst, 11 May 2012
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Donald M. Macdonald "donaldmurdo" (isle of lewis, scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wasted on The Young [DVD] (DVD)
Set in an elite Australian private School where to be with the popular `in crowd' is everything and social hierarchies are maintained in visible and hidden ways, `Wasted on the Young' centres on two half brothers, Zack, the leader of the popular set and Darren, one of the social outcasts.
Xandrie, a female schoolmate of Darren's becomes attracted to him and on being invited to one of his half-brother Zack's infamous house-parties tries to find Darren with no success. She is lured into a secluded corner of the house by Zack and his pals, is drugged, assaulted and left for dead in a remote area. Through a text message he find on his phone, Darren realises that Xandrie has been in the house and has gone missing. Not knowing what has happened, he fears the worst and through CCTV footage tries to piece together the evening's events. He realises the consequences of the attack and what he needs to do to get his revenge on his half brother.
The outstanding thing about the film is the teenage world that it portrays - a world of text messages, fast moving IT skills, casual relationships, looking for the `next buzz' and instant gratification. While it contrasts the selfishness of one brother against the genuine-ness of another, one of the striking things is that there are hardly any older adult roles. This portrays the sometimes self-centred world in which some teenagers find themselves.
Oliver Ackland and Alex Russell are powerful in the roles of the two brothers, but Adelaide Clemens as the put upon Xandrie is wonderful, displaying the affections of the school age teenager alongside the vulnerabilities and steeliness growing inside her as a maturing adult. The film itself has a number of styles to it, with some flashbacks and fantasy sequences disturbing the narrative a little - although adding a humorous vent on one occasion to Xandrie's contact with Zack's female friends on her return to school. The violence in the film is strong and merits the film its 15 cert.
A gripping hour and a half's viewing and an original take on high school angst.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for fans of Elephant and Brick and other brilliant films, 28 Jan 2012
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P. J. Legg (southampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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my favourite film in yonks, this is bleak and beautiful, about rich kids at a posh Australian school, constantly interacting with the latest technology, they're emotionless and robotic - it reminded me very very much of Elephant and Brick, and you can also namecheck Donnie Darko and even If... and Lord Of The Flies. They're not very nice people and you could lose sleep worrying that these are the people who'll soon be running the world, but the film is totally mesmerising. PS - my second favourite film of recent memory is also Australian - the similarly stark Snowtown. PPS - I'm a Brit, and wish the UK could make films as good as these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching Hollywood how to do it, 27 Sep 2011
This review is from: Wasted on The Young [DVD] (DVD)
Not many films aimed at teens are what you might call thought-provoking or classy. This is both, and surprise surprise, it's not a Hollywood film but one from Australia, who seem to be churning out extremely good, edgy teen movies with remarkable regularity at the moment. To talk about the storyline itself would give much away, but this is a story about revenge, morals, conscience and social isolation at a posh school in Australia. While it is thought-provoking it also manages to include some deft changes in pace, tone and style (being Skins-like at one point, before moving to film noir and then revenge thriller). These changes in style and the interesting and unexpected twists and turns of the plot make the film utterly engaging from beginning to end. Meanwhile the acting is superb throughout (Ok, the lead actor was 30 when the film was made, but you wouldn't know it)and there are some directorial flourishes which are clever and arresting without being intrusive. The 15 certificate is curious - one of the fight scenes if particularly gruesome and realistic, those two elements combined would normally turn this into an 18. It's good that didn't happen here, although the scene in question may turn a few stomachs, making the audience of a teen movie feel uncomfortable at watching violence can never be a bad thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No time wasted, 21 Aug 2011
This review is from: Wasted on The Young [DVD] (DVD)
There was no time wasted in watching this movie. Worth watching, its well made with some interesting timeline shifts. Not your average teen high school drama - this is a good Auzzie thriller I would recommend for a nights rental.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant , One to Watch, 24 Oct 2011
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Loved this. Bought this for my daughter, but ended up watching it first. Brilliant. I'm quite a fan of australian films, (Loved ones,Yellow brick road, well worth a watch). The effects are pretty unique & used v. well . What more can I say without giving too much away. Music was good too. One that stays with you for a while. 10/10.
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