The Road (2010) Viggo Mortensen; Kodi Smit-McPhee; Robert Duvall
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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.
The relationship between the father and son was so well acted that it was very believable. Viggo Mortenson played this father determined to protect his son with such a fierce passion and vulnerability that it was mesmerizing. The actor playing the son was just as fantastic. Vulnerable and innocent, with such trust of the father, reacting to the evil in the world, but still wanting to do good. It was moving.
This was a movie that makes you think. It showed that in desperate circumstances, some will give up and choose death, some will choose evil to survive, others will choose to do no harm while surviving, and still others will risk everything to do good despite what they're up against. It was very true to life.
This film was powerful, fascinating and well done, and I recommend it.
Within the first ten minutes of the movie I was in tears and I knew I'd be in for a rocky ride. I WAS NOT prepared for what this movie threw at me.
Ok, the good. Why would I give the movie five stars? Excellent acting, incredible score. The movie sucks you right in and doesn't let go.
The direction is brilliant. The pacing is slow but deliberate and very effective. The movie is a masterpiece except for....
The bad? Why would I give one star? Umm....I don't know how many of you have played the Resident Evil video games but when you stumble upon a big scary mansion looming in the mist, RUN THE OTHER WAY. Chances are said mansion will have scary, icky things in it.
And the mansion part of this movie will haunt me for years to come. YUCK! Not that this part of the movie is gory, it kind of is. It's the mental impact of what is happening in the mansion and really all over the Earth. This movie is the darkest, most depressing, desolate thing I have ever seen and I never want to see this movie again.
I settled on four stars. The movie is a masterpiece and one of the scariest movies I've ever seen. It's not even technically a horror movie but that's what kind of impact it had on me. I guess what really scares me the most is the fact that this entire scenario is possible. Funny....Read more ›
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Dark depressing, grim. Why on earth do they think this is something we want to watch? I need a drink...better yet some weed, need to laugh.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Don't read the novel first; the novel is far superior and will bias your viewing of the film.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
The story follows the main points of the book up to a point. The imagery doesn't address the bleakness of the book as it could. The love of the father for the son is clear. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mary Adams
A story of survival, father and son traversing a bleak landscape. Doesn't dwell on the how or the why, its about the struggle. Dark, moving, a stand out in the genre.Published 8 days ago by David
This is awesome. If you like apocalyptic movies, you need to watch this.Published 10 days ago by Catherine O'Neill
Pretty good story premise, but a little slow at times. Very good performances from all actors, but the pace seemed to drag a bit.Published 11 days ago by R. McPherson