Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Wasted on the Young
Dir: Ben C. Lucas
March 3, 2011
This review was written for Watch Out For
The latest Aussie teen film Wasted on the Young presents us with a bleak, unreserved look at the youth culture today. Mobile phones and the language of SMS, drugs, parties, bullying, revenge, sex – it doesn’t sound like your typical Australian high school – or does it?
Set in a privileged high school in Perth, the story centres on step brothers Darren (Oliver Ackland) and Zack (Alex Russell).
As would be expected these boys are polar opposites, though they both swim on the school team, Zack is the Captain and the token jock/bully while Darren is the quieter, more sensitive nerdy brother whose affections for the blonde beauty Xandrie (Adelaide Clemens) begin a chain of events that will forever alter these teenagers’ lives.
First time feature film director Ben C. Lucas has given us a slick, beautifully crafted film but one that lacks believability and heart. Cinematographer Dan Freene gives the film a polished and impressive façade that matches the pretentiousness of the teenagers on show.
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