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From Cormac McCarthy, author of “No Country For Old Men,” comes the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of the beloved, best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road. Academy Award®-nominee Viggo Mortensen (Best Actor, Eastern Promises, 2007) leads an all-star cast featuring Academy Award® winners Charlize Theron (Best Actress, Monster, 2003) and Robert Duvall (Best Actor, Tender Mercies, 1983), Guy Pearce and young newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee in this epic post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father (Mortensen) and his young son (Smit-McPhee) as they journey across a barren America that was destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm. A masterpiece adventure, The Road boldly imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of – a future in which a father and his son are sustained by love.
In many ways a close adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's grim novel, The Road dutifully plods through the basics of McCarthy's nightmarish post-apocalyptic landscape: a father (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) try to survive as they trek along through the sodden, sunless remnants of some awful disaster. Scrounging for food and huddling together to stay warm, they spend most of their time trying to avoid the cannibalistic marauders who roam the highways. The film strikingly demonstrates that McCarthy's book was almost entirely dependent on his extraordinary language for its literary life; the story, such as it is, is so skeletal and spare it doesn't translate well into movie terms. The Proposition director John Hillcoat brings his grungy physicality to the material, so in the matters of the damp clothes and starved bodies and cheerless forests, the movie rings true. But the longer it trudges on, the more it seems a thoroughly conventional conclusion is at the end of this dystopian tale. The Road has one notable selling point: the performance of Viggo Mortensen. In his character's fierce determination to live--but also the gentle sighs he lets forth when confronted with, say, his first sip of whisky in years--Mortensen is completely in the moment, and all too human in the post-human world. --Robert Horton
Stills from The Road (Click for larger image)
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The Making of The Road
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I just re-watched the film. Just as I had remembered, the movie is almost scene-for-scene from the book. Much of the sense of dread was missing this time around, since I knew everything that was going to happen. It is still a very good adaptation, but I could see this not coming across as well to someone who hasn't read the novel. The book is the best way to experience this story, however, if you want to visualize what you've read (mostly, if you want to see Viggo Mortensen perfectly fit the role of the father, so you can picture him upon subsequent readings) this movie accomplishes that so unobtrusively that it's hard to believe it's a Hollywood production.
The direction, cinematography, and acting in this film are picture perfect for the material. Violent, decaying, and with a glimmer of hope. Exactly as I pictured it. Again, come here to read the one star reviews on a film like this as they are HILARIOUS. Who are these people? God only knows.
The bitrate for the bluray is sky high in the 30Mbps range and the master is clean and detailed. Nothing negative to say here. Should have been awarded with more than it received. An epic tale of hope through the eyes of two survivors.
The story really captures you at times and you feel the anxiety of the characters. I recommend this film to anybody who enjoys science fiction and apocalyptic films. The ending is better than I thought and really challenges the characters.
Buy this movie; you won't regret it. Be prepared to cry in the end, but understand there is still HOPE.
Watch it, feel depressed, go buy yourself an ice cream, and repeat.