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Thursday Movie Review-The Road

I had been wanting to read the book The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Instead I just saw the movie.

The movie is about a father and son who try to make their way across a post-apocalyptic United States in hopes of finding civilization amongst the nomadic cannibal tribes. The boy was born into this world where his father was not. He is from the life you and I are familiar with.

America is in shambles. The sun seems as if it has disappeared. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark.

Right before the Man’s wife left him outta despair for their new type of life she told him to travel south. So the father and son travel south everyday in hopes for warmer weather. However, their travels  leave them with a great unknown.  Their journey only gives them harsh weather, no food or safe drinking water, and people who have become cannibals.

They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless cannibalistic bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food–and each other.

The Man teaches his son everything he knows about survival and endurance and hope. His Son reminds him constantly to never lose his humanity. Both are tested each day.

What’s interesting is that you never know The Man’s or The Son’ s name.  I think that has a profound effect on the story.

I can’t imagine the performances being any better from any of the actors, starting at Viggo Mortensen and working my way down to the smallest roles. I can’t imagine the bleak post-apocalyptic world being portrayed any more realistically. I can’t imagine the general feeling of sadness, desperation, hopelessness, terror and pain being captured more accurately.

You feel what the actors feels. You feel the exhaustion, the insanity of despair, the hunger pains. The story was extremely captivating.  You hang on to yourself for dear life, resisting belief as best you can in the face of powerful acting, persuasive filmmaking and the perversely compelling certainty that nothing will turn out all right.

The Road is a haunting portrait of what it means to be a parent. It gives new meaning to the words, “To the end of the world”.

There are really some thought-provoking truths that are brought out in the movie as well as from The Man as he narrates the movie or is simply talking to his son. They linger in your thoughts making you question yourself on how you would handle the situation, how could you face the day knowing it could be your very last. It’s a real cold slap of mortality.

Despite the sadness and bleak of hope, I really liked this movie. It was compelling, un-nerving and very beautiful.

Comments on: "Thursday Movie Review-The Road" (6)

  1. Wow, I often think about what this world would be like after an apocalyptic devastation. And they made a movie of it! I can’t imagine. We’re so used to the conveniences of this life to have them suddenly stripped from our lives and to fend for ourselves with just the resources that are left is truly scary shit!
    I’m going to go out and buy copious buckets of Mountain House and WISE Ready Meals. Hoard gallons of water. December 21st is soon amongst us!
    What a compelling movie! Nice review Marina!

  2. I liked the movie better than the book. However, I kept wanting someone to explain to me what happened. How did the world end up like that?

    • You know after I saw the movie I tried doing some research and I never learned what happened. I wanted a lot more explained.
      Especially the end. I wanted a clear cut answer that the boy was in good hands. But since there was no answer I make believed my own answers!

  3. I always loe your movie reviews and I don’t know if I could handle this movie because of what the characters are put through with the post apocalyptic world and especially with run ins with cannibals. I think that it would be a great look at what a parent would do for their child even at the end of the world, and it sounds like a haunting film. I would definitely want to know why it ended up that way with the world, all I can think of is zombies. 😉 I hope you had an awesome birthday too, btw!

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