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The Road [Blu-ray]

Viggo Mortensen , Charlize Theron , John Hillcoat    Unrated   Blu-ray
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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. An all-star cast are featured in this epic post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father and his young son 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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT Movie Version of a Powerful Book April 9 2010
By Richard S. Warner TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"The Road" by "No Country for Old Men" author Cormac McCarthy is a quiet but volcanically devastating novel that looks unflinchingly into the darkest depths of human existence ...and still finds light. The long-anticipated film version here was well worth the wait and lived up to the enormous expectations set upon it by those who had read the Pulitzer prize winning book and were stunned by it.

Viggo Mortensen, these past few years, has really been in his prime, doing the best work of his career. Just when I thought his performance in "History of Violence" could not possibly be topped, there comes "The Road".

His portrayal of a nameless father shepherding himself and his young son, with the highly loaded, ironic symbol of their shopping cart, across an inexplicably destroyed America, in a post-apocalyptic nightmare more cruel and gruelling than anything previously imagined, shows that Mortensen is an actor of the highest possible calibre.

His father, who is ruthlessly protective of the innocence embodied in his son, though subtly played, is a powerhouse portrait of a man's determination to see that the light of the world does not go out. Even in situations of the most abysmal and hopeless darkness, despite enormous odds, the man carries on, even as his own mortality breathes its foul and frigid breath down his determined neck.

Like the McCarthy book, this film is deathly quiet - bone-chillingly, almost suffocatingly quiet and unrelenting in its heavy, gray unchangeability. It is a sequence of events along the same road, following a dogged path of near-death survival with only various kinds of tragedy and horror to offer any variation. But it is far from boring or tedious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely heartbreaking... July 1 2010
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
The road is beautiful, horrifying and left me completely devastated. It is storytelling at it's finest, a very powerful film. All of the visuals are stunning. You can literally feel the world dying. The horror of seeing a father and son facing this increasing desolation and desperation is gut wrenching. Danger is everywhere around them: starvation, exposure and perhaps most terrifying are the people who hunt down and cannibalize survivors. Watching the father's continuous struggle with whether or not he will be able to use his final bullet when it comes time to save his son from a horrifying fate is unbearable. One thing that really elevated this movie for me was how the director captured the beauty of the actors' faces. Viggo Mortensen in particular, his eyes are luminous and his soul seems painted on his face. I think he could have carried the entire movie without a word he was so expressionate. Highly recommended, with a side of Kleenex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has Deep Meaning Jan. 10 2014
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I found it very thought provoking and realistic in its depiction of survival after a disaster of global magnitude and how things can break down.
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By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Some movies are hard to watch, and The Road belongs in that category. But I have chosen to review it because it deserves an audience.The director is John Hillcoat, who was responsible for The Proposition and Lawless. Like both of those movies, this one features music composed by Nick Cave. The bleak nature of the story is a perfect fit for Cave's music.

As you might expect, the movie didn't have much of an impact at the box office. I suppose that most people are reluctant to expose themselves to such a sad story?

When you strip it right down, the film is about the love a father has for his son. We never learn their names; any references made simply refer to The Man (Mortensen) and The Boy (Smit-McPhee). These two actors carry the movie, but we occasionally see people they encounter, and flashbacks of The Man's wife (Theron). Her role is small, but the scenes are effective, and help to frame the story.

There are many reasons to see this movie.

Viggo Mortensen delivers a superb performance that failed to receive the Oscar recognition it deserved. Perhaps the voters never saw the movie either?

We learn that The Man's wife couldn't face life in a world where everything was dying, so he is solely responsible for his son. The reason for the apocalypse is only hinted at, and mentions a sudden light. It leaves the skies permanently gray, and everything covered in a layer of ash. Trees, plants, and insects are dead or dying. The only life remaining comes in the form of a few humans, and many of them aren't too fussy about how they survive.

Perhaps this is what the world might eventually look like if Earth was struck by an asteroid?

The movie could be viewed as a metaphor for life itself.
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