Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Road (2009)

"Thank God for cheetohs"

Viggo Mortensen stars in this post apocolyptic tale of a father and son trying to survive in a world that caught fire. All is dead except for a few. The ones that remain are mainly cannibals. No names are given, it is simply man and boy who travel the United States in search of food, shelter, and hope. The trailer for this movie does not do it justice and is somewhat misleading which is why I feel a lot of people did not like this movie. Bottom line it is a story of father and son and at what means will you go to protect the ones you love. It is dark, farely quiet, and eerie. Director John Hillcoat graciously adapts Cormac McCarthy's beautiful novel to film with a few minor changes which is typical from a book to film adaptation. It was good to see Robert Duvall appear as the old man they meet on their travels in such a short but mezmerizing performance. This movie is not for children and needs to be viewed with and open mind and heart. It celebrates human life and lets you know whats worth living for and whats worth dying for. It is a tale for which you have never seen and one you wont forget. 4/5 -tom

1 comment:

  1. The Road is one of my favorite novels, and I was very impressed with the film adaptation. Robert Duvall was just... haunting. That's the only word I can think of to describe his performance. I was disappointed that this movie didn't receive more attention upon release, but I suppose it's not what most people would want to see around the holidays. Even though I knew how the story ends, I was completely unprepared for the flood of emotion that came with it. Great performances all around. Rent it. (And read it.)


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