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A hard film to like-slight spoilers,
This review is from: The Road (DVD)
Someone asked me if I liked The Road, upon watching it. I had no answer. The Road is just one of those films that is too hard to describe. Is the movie good? Well, yes it is-that is a far easier question to answer. I have read the book and must say that the film really does it justice. It is bleak, dreary, utterly depressing and flawlessly acted.
Viggo Mortensen is a man with no name, who, alone with his son (also no name) is attempting to survive what seems to be some sort of apocalypse. We never see what transpired-we only see the aftermath. We are not given a timeline, though you can judge for yourself how long man and son have been attempting to 'live'. Mortensen carries the entire film on his weathered and weary shoulders. I cannot gush enough about his performance-in any film really. But here, you only have to look into his eyes-so full of soul and despair to realise that not only is this man acting, he is really and truly transformed. Just incredible really.
The atmosphere is grainy and desolate, without color of any kind and as you watch, you slowly go mad envisioning what you would do in such a situation. The film features horrors that include cannibalism and at one point, you see the father teach his son how to properly kill himself if anything should ever happen to him. Very disturbing.
By film's end, you are mentally exhausted. This is not a fast-paced film at all. It is purposefully slow-going and I believe that was done with the intent to transport you inside the film itself, and in my mind, it succeeds. After the credits started to roll, I found myself depressed for the rest of the day. This is probably one of the most desolate films I've ever seen, so I would avoid it if you like your films with satisfying ending-because this isn't it.
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Initial post: May 29, 2010 9:49:51 PM PDT
**SPOILER INCLUDED** I found the ending somewhat satisfying in that the boy doesn't end up alone.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2010 12:20:40 PM PDT
Well, that aspect aside, the future still didn't look any brighter for anyone it seems....But at least the boy can have someone his own age around...
Posted on Jun 8, 2010 12:08:08 PM PDT
Charles M. Strnad says:
I think the point of the ending was not so much that everything was now going to be coming up roses for everyone, but that another compassionate human being was still out there (the family that takes in the boy at the end), and because of that, hope for many more.
In the face of such unending despair, that dominates all the rest of the movie up to this point, the simple, warm smile of a stranger is something of a catharsis. Reason to go on.
Posted on Aug 3, 2010 6:07:54 PM PDT
Paula C. Van Werken says:
The review is "spot on." I have not seen a more depressing and scary film, ever. Mortensson was absolutely great -- I hope he wins an award. I read the book, after having seen the film. The film was true to the book, though it did not include all of the horrors of the book. I suppose that would have been overkill. This film is going to be part of my library. I won't watch it often, because I can take only so much hopelessness these days.
And, to another poster, how do you know that the people who found the boy weren't the "bad guys"? You don't.
Posted on Aug 9, 2010 7:42:47 PM PDT
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I'm now going to order this film after reading such a great review. It is gratifying to learn that someone else sees all the talent that Viggo Mortensen brings to any film he consents to do. Am weary of hearing "who is Viggo Mortensen?" whenver I talk about how great he is. I recently read that he has decided not to do any films for awhile, and suspect "The Road" took a lot out of him. We should hope he gets past that decision soon, because I, for one, look forward to watching any film he takes on.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2010 12:40:48 PM PDT
Cranky, I absolutely adore him and it is a shame he is so unrecognizable! And actually, he is doing a sequel to Eastern Promises and I believe he is also attached to another film coming out next year, so he is not gone yet!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2010 12:41:34 PM PDT
As much as I loved this film, I can't picture myself watching it again...It was just so bleak and made me feel depressed for days after.
Posted on Sep 9, 2010 7:50:30 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2010 1:57:22 PM PDT
N. Webster says:
You're right...cannibals are running wild in those countries now. Oh, and cool way to tie political dogma into a completely unrelated discussion! You are an insightful person.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2010 2:16:43 PM PDT