Another great adaptation of another great post apocalyptic novel. This time there is no room for humor (like in A Boy And His Dog), or anything hopeful. Only thing that remains is the gray sky and the gray shades of people. The demolished cities and vast emptiness of the land are the scenery. A father and son are on a journey to the coast, hoping to find better conditions for life. On this lonesome road they must survive, gather whatever food they can find and watch for roaming gangs of other survivors/cannibals. The father saved two bullets, one for him and the other for the boy.

Very suspenseful and difficult movie to watch, The Road forces the viewer to consider the daunting fact that the world may not be that “great” place that they imagined. The suffering and the lack of any hope are portrayed masterfully and with amazing performances from Viggo Mortensen and Robert Duvall, The Road is just a true masterpiece. I guess people were expecting more of the action sequences and hyped story, but they’ll have to wait for The Book Of Eli. This movie can watch even people who are not interested that much in science fiction, because the story transcends its environment. It can be viewed as a struggle to survive in today’s unkind world and we haven’t had any apocalypses. And the apocalypse that happened exactly because of humanity and society. Exposing the truth about humanity and society in general, The Road is a movie that you simply must check out. If you’re hungry for more of the same, check out John Hillcoat’s previous movie The Proposition, set in the Australian outback many decades ago…

Director: John Hillcoat

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker

Fun Stuff: Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee reported bonding by eating crickets to help them get into character.


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