- Starring: Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Viggo Mortensen
- Summary: Based on Cormac McCarthy's beloved, best-selling and Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen leads an all-star cast in the big screen adaptation of The Road, the epic post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son across a barren landscape that was blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed civilization and most life on earth. (The Weinstein Company) … Expand
- Director: John Hillcoat
- Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Thriller
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In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true.
Between the two performances there's not a false note. Between the father and son there's an unbreakable bond. Though civilization has ended, love and parental duty shape the course of this fable, which is otherwise as heartwarming as a Beckett play shorn of humor.
John Hillcoat's The Road is an honorable adaptation of a piece of pulp fiction disguised as high art; it a has more directness and more integrity than its source material, the 2006 novel by Cormac McCarthy.
Everything about the film is a welcome rebuke to the happy-face apocalypse of “2012,’’ a movie that turns mass extinction into the Greatest Show on Earth. In The Road, what has been lost is recognized as infinitely precious; what’s left is bitter and our due.
QTipDec 7, 2009Captures the tension and conflict of the book perfectly. Incredibly relatable, sad, inspiring, and terrifying all at the same time. I don't understand what all the criticism is about.… Expand
Jul 8, 2014Incredibly powerful, emotional, and it gives a very realistic feeling
of what could happen to humanity under a worst case scenario.
It rates far above other disaster films in its portrayal of the human
experience and what we are capable of in dire circumstances.
In effect it looks like a warning to us if we are not careful in how
we conduct our society. It brings out feelings of sadness that few
films could replicate and displays a full range of powerful emotions
that emphasize what it means to be human.This is much more than
a film to entertain you for a few hours; it is a message about the will
to live, what it means to be human and about how unsympathetic
this world could be. I could not tear myself away from it though I hadn't
planned to watch all of it when I started watching it on TV. It is rare that I
can relate with deep feelings to characters in a film but this one compels you
to do so. The father-son relationship was so deep it forced me to think
about my own deceased father and the relations I had with him. More than
entertainment it is an insight into our souls.… Expand
Aug 22, 2010I had no idea what this movie was really about (i knew post-apocalypse) and had not read the book. I was surprised by how intensely dark and frightening it was. It did, as one reviewer put it, rattle around in my head for several days. I thought it was not boring, but I like science fiction. I thought Viggo Mortensen was good and the kid, was pretty good. The tension created in the encounters with the 'bad guys' was incredibly intense. I went out and read the book immediately and thought that the screenplay actually improved the plot of the book in some ways. The post-apocalyptic imagery was good, but in these days of anything is possible CG, I thought they could have attempted some larger imagery - like when Cormac McCarthy in the book describes building "melted and then refrozen". But overall, intelligent, consistent, scary and thought provoking. No false notes.… Expand
Aug 2, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Wow this was a fascinating movie to say the least unlike other apocalyptic movies this doesn't have any zombies or something like that this is what I would call a realistic post apocalyptic movie there's a reason this movie is rated r it shows what would probably be a real life post apocalyptic world when watching this movie you feel unsure of what's going to happen and nervous this movie shows what dark and terrible things mankind would do to stay alive and let me just say some of the things in this movie are absolutely despicable the only thing I found unrealistic was the ending I would have rather seen something along the lines of the kid ending up a survivor and getting his act together instead of just staying like a boy I think something like that would have been more believable and realistic than him finding a "good guy" to take Carr of him as dark as it sounds I rather would have seen him turn out like Ellie from the last of us than stay an inefficient boy.… Expand
RCRDec 20, 2009This is a decent adaptation of the novel. On the surface, the music often overpowers rather than underscores and there are too many 'cameo' performances casted in a story that explicitly seeks to remove almost all familiarity of the known world from the audience. Viggo Mortensen offers great work in this film; Viggo's portrayal of a man who has witnessed a world lost and who struggles to protect and equip his son against the horrors that now threaten the new one provides equal measure intensity and subtlety. Thankfully, most of the horrific examples of desperation in McCarthy's novel are intact, but the sense of the passage of time between them is condensed to the point where they don't really exist. This is, understandably, an obstacle in the film medium. However, a story that features "starvation" as a strong thematic element requires attention to time and pacing. The story is simply better suited to the pacing afforded in novel form.… Expand
Aug 11, 2010I never read the book (even though I knew it was adapted before hand.) I actually was excited to see this one, boy was I disappointed. No wonder it only stayed in my local theatre for one week. It's a whole lot of boring. Don't get me wrong I like a psychological movie but this movie didn't really have a point. In any good story you need to create enough tension for you to at least care about what happens to the main characters. This is the first movie (other than the Twilight movies) I literally just turned off and say I'll finish this later. I don't know how this movie ends but from what I watch I got bored just waiting for something to happen. I only got as far as when Viggo's character meets Duvall's. And the grainy cinematography (while I understand why it was chosen, it does fit the film's subject matter) just made the film unwatchable on my wide-screen HDTV.… Expand