The Road [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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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.Read more ›
As a confirmed horror flick buff, I am usually somewhat desensitized to gore. But The Road stayed with me for a while. Yet, as gorey movies go, it probably would not be considered a top contender. Still I found this movie to be 'psychologically gorey'.
Lastly, it was refreshing to see the paternal bond of a father for his son portrayed so postively and with such emotional depth.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
WTF? This is a sham of a shell of a movie. Bordering on Night Of The Living Dead, The Day After Tomorrow, The Last Man On Earth, A Boy And His Dog - you name it. And for what? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Johnny Rocker
It is a good movie but rather depressing. Off all the post apocolyptic films this is probably pretty nearer the truth, but still depressing all the same.Published 11 months ago by Scotia
Bon acteurs, mais film étrange avec décors de fin du monde. Pour amateurs de ce genre de films seulement.Published 14 months ago by Guillaume Tell
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.Published on Jan. 10 2014 by Thomas Borysenko
It was ok That's all I can say. The story is ok but it gets long . . . Would not have bought it if I had known.Published on May 6 2013 by Michel Gauthier