Review – Wasted On The Young

If I could travel back in time and meet the teenage me I would punch him in the face. I wouldn’t give him any future lotto results or the idea for a social networking site called ‘Facebook’, just a smack in the chops for being such an emotional loud mouthed prick. Have you ever seen teenagers in public and thought, was I that annoying? The answer is yes, but that’s what being a teenager is all about, pushing the boundaries of your ego. ‘Wasted On The Young’ takes you inside the world of spoilt rich Australian teenagers who smash through the boundaries of their egos and land in some hot water after an incident at a party that results in a plot for revenge. ‘Wasted On The Young’ is a slick looking production that tries hard to be taken seriously but ends up being a melodramatic mess.

‘Wasted On The Young’ is well shot and has a washed out look that matches the digital world of the teenagers well. It’s a very polished production and a good stylistic launching pad for cinematographer Dan Freene and director Ben C. Lucas. The sound design and music rumbles in the background and effectively raises the tension; especially the techno music used in the party scenes.

The acting is up to a standard of any good ‘soapie’ and the story goes down the same path, worthy of any episode of ‘Home & Away’ or ‘Neighbours’ except it tries to be edgy and fails in spectacular style with a conclusion that’s too ridiculous to fathom. Despite being an Australian film it feels very un-Australian, especially when the characters start pulling out guns and dreaming up school shootings, it plays out like a bad anti drugs/alcohol/bulling government commercial.

‘Wasted On The Young’ is a well made film that lacks substance.


The Popcorn Junkie