Friday, December 15

A Father And Son Embark on 'the Road' (2009)

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Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Michael K. Williams, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, and Molly Parker.

Directed by: John Hillcoat.

Released: November 25th, 2009 (limited).

Based on the 2006 novel by Cormac McCarthy, “The Road” tells the tale of a father (Viggo Mortensen) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as they struggle to survive in the aftermath of a devastating global catastrophe that has blocked out the Sun and has reduced the remnants of mankind to scavengers and cannibals. The apocalypse in question is quite ambiguous in this film and is left much to our imaginations; based on what is seen and talked about in the film, I for one would have to vote for Yellowstone or some manmade environmental experiment gone awry. But this is not an action/disaster epic like “2012” or “Independence Day”, “The Road” is more about the journey which the father and son embark on.

The father and son, referred to as Man and Boy, are on their way down south, searching for a warmer environment. During this journey, they seek food, fuel, shelter, and try to avoid bands of cannibals that lurk about. The man has no weapons on him except for a pistol with two bullets in it. One has to question this guy’s survival skills somewhat because when you manage to kill a cannibal who is by himself and armed with a machine gun, you would think that weapon collecting would become like second nature but, apparently, it doesn’t. The opening scenes… Read more


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