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The Thinning

  • 2016
  • 90min
  • 5.7 / 10

Made specifically for YouTube Red streaming, the movie makes use of massively popular YouTube star Logan Paul, as a high school student named Blake, in the year 2039. He, along with several other teens are the focal point of the film, which takes place in an age where the nation's population is controlled via an annual event known as the 'thinning'. This takes the form of a standardized test administered in the United States to school students every year from first grade through high school. Those who do not pass the test are killed, in order to prevent overpopulation and ensure the success of the nation's citizens, keeping only the best and brightest, by the government's standards, alive. This group of teens decides to rise up against this disgusting practice and put a stop to it once and for all. As they work together against the government, they find themselves going down a rabbit hole of secrets and discoveries they never imagined.

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The premium YouTube Red service was launched in 2014 as a portion of the YouTube online video streaming platform, with the focus of creating high quality professionally produced video content that would appeal to the same market that already frequently used the free YouTube service. The service was eventually renamed YouTube Premium in 2018. Since its launch, YouTube Red has funded and produced, in conjunction with a number of well-known directors, creators, and studios, a wide range of content, including scripted sitcoms like Good Game, starring the Game Grumps, Buddy System, a meta-comedy series about and starring Rhett & Link of Good Mythical Morning, and feature-length films like The Thinning, also tapping into the platform's popular creators, like Logan Paul.

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The Thinning is a 2016 science fiction thriller written, directed, and produced by Michael J Gallagher, and co-written by Steve Greene. The movie stars internet celebrity Logan Paul, along with Peyton List, Lia Marie Johnson, and Calum Worthy. The movie's production was handled by Legendary Pictures' Digital Media branch, and distributed by YouTube exclusively as part of their premium Youtube Red streaming video service offerings.

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