The Young and the Damned (1950) - Crime, Drama

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A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others.

IMDB: 8.3
Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Alfonso Mejía, Roberto Cobo
Length: 80 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 4 out of 145 found boring (2.75%)

One-line Reviews (37)

I, personally, found the bizarre, dreamlike scenes to be somewhat out of place and confusing.

Despite that tedious search, I really have to say that it was worth it.

This is the second film I have watched from Luis Bunuel and along with Phantom of Liberty, it was a real exciting treat.

Overall, the film is visually compelling and the story, bittersweet.

Sure it was a reasonably capable film, but this is a true cinematic masterpiece, with stunning imagery and a powerful insight into the world of 'The Young and the Damned'…..

It is an eerily menacing dream that borders on the edge of a nightmare.

It's possible to recommend Los Olvidados for its nostalgic value but more so for its influential effect and intriguing narrative combined with shock value.

The Society in many cases lead man on the edge of the border through which it can not go further, and back can not be restored.

Even though I did not enjoy this movie as much as other films, I still think it's worth watching it.

I highly recommend this film to anyone wanting an emotional, suspenseful, dramatic piece of art that was created by the great Luis Bunuel.

The surrealism in his movie is unexpected as a lion coming inside a anthropology classroom while the teacher is teaching.

Do the lives of 'the forgotten ones' have a direction at all, apart from trite survival?

Unfortunately he got dragged down into the mud with Jaibo and could not get out.

The idea of a world where the natural order has been upturned is compelling here though, disease riddling the land literally and metaphorically.

Ultimately the film is extremely enjoyable, although much of the humor is lost in the subtitles and English language translation.

It is one of the cruellest, most vicious and unwatchable films ever made, as well, of course, as one of the most brilliant.

Bunel beautifully blends a driving, fast paced plot, with brilliant portrayals, and surrealistic dream sequences (for background see Un Chien Andalou) to bring across the struggle within this Mexican street gang, as well as the struggle to escape the harsh system that surrounds them.

Best known for his mocking of the upper-classes (the bourgeois were clearly as fascinating to Bunuel as they were repugnant), here he stays in the slums, promoting as much sympathy for its filthy lead characters as hatred.

I wanted the kid to have a happy ending but a lot of people believe that to be a boring ending and very predictable.

It's truly unexpected that it leaves you thinking may things such as how did it get here or is this real or I'm I dreaming?

This film was witty and ironic, very suspenseful and kept you waiting on your toes for the next scene.

It's a masterpiece that tangles individual and social ills into a knot, which, as we're warned in an opening voice-over, it offers no easy way to untie, rousing a sickening sense of injustice.

On the other hand, LOS OLVIDADOS proved to one of the most unexpected and successful 'comebacks' in cinema history.

This creates a stunning visual and draws importance to what Pedro, the son, is thinking about his mother.

Moving, unpredictable, and fun movie to watch .

By utilizing this very unique style, Buñuel makes Los olvidados an engaging film that pulls you into its Dickens-like story of loose children running around without control, searching for someone to depend on.

Unexpected Turn of Events .

Much emotions are felt from this movie and it is enjoyable.

Overall, it's a fantastic film that will leave you stunned and if you like unpredictable stories I suggest you check it out.

Pedro's mother who later is looking for her son Pedro is shouting his name in the streets of Mexico to only witness an empty street.

The dream sequence is as unique, thrilling , nonsense as dreams are.

I thought that the portrayal of their disobedient behavior was very compelling and added to the disappointed when Jaibo stole the 50 dollars when the main character was trying to change his ways and become a good natured person.

"Los olvidados" directed by Luis Buñuel is a compelling film which emphases on the troubled youth in Mexico.

This movie is truly worth watching worth more then once and was very ahead for its time.

From reoccurring themes of innocence and purity, to intense dream sequences, and graphic (for the time) scenes of violence, this film is entertaining from beginning to end.

His characters are never taken for granted, they're never black or white, but always fascinating and disturbing.

The Young and the Damned is an roller coaster ride from the start that has you on the edge of your seat till the credits roll.