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The Road

A 2009 film film based on the book of the same name.

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The Fire Inside Still Burns

  • Dec 14, 2009
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From what I've seen so far, The Road, has had a limited release in the United States. Apparently, only the bigger cities are fortunate enough to have this one make the big screens. Consequently, the last time I checked, the movie was at a mere $1.5 million in box office sales. Too bad. It's an excellent movie. And as far as the post-apocalyptic genre goes, it puts most of its predecessors to shame.

John Hillcoat, the director, proves that minimal is the way to go. The most eerie element of this film is its disturbing hush. Okay, the soundtrack does its part in unravelling the nerves too, but for the most part The Road has a haunting hush that when broken by the sounds of approaching trucks made me want to abandon my theater seat and run for cover. This is a world where money has lost all value, hence the shots of large dollar bills just laying around, uncollected by anyone. ATM signs cling to dilapidated walls, acting as memorabilia of a time when one would worry about how much money was left in one's account. In this world, the worry is how much food is left.

The story is a very simple one. Viggo Mortensen plays a man who is doing all he can to keep his son and himself alive, until they can make it somewhere south. Not much more is offered to us: what caused this world destruction, why they have to go south. Not that it really matters. I got the idea that when survival is the only agenda, you just keep going. You keep waking. So that's what they do. And they try to stay off the road while they're doing it. Men, these days, have unmitigated vices that have reduced them to cannibals. Some of them have formed threating gangs that get around on loud, intimidating trucks, rounding up people that will be dinner later. All of this may sound like things you have seen in movies before, and you probably have. But not like this. Hillcoat's depiction of this depravity is gritty and convincing ...and unsettling.

More unsettling then any of the cannibals and cannibalized is the gradual erosion of Viggios own humaneness. If not for his son, he might have easily become like most everyone else in this world. His son is definite burden when they encounter moments of flight, but while Viggio does everything to keep his boy alive, his boy is doing everything he can to keep his father human. The two of them have a word for this: The Fire. This small flame in The Road is a dim one, but it does burn.
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December 21, 2009
This is a movie I originally intended to see at the Embarcadero center but I got diverted because of the holidays. Sounds like a typical father and son relationship with the apocalyse as the backdrop. Thank you for the informative review, I will make time for this now.
December 21, 2009
I hope it is still up. I did later read that the limited review was/is a strategy for getting a movie on the Oscar radar. I'm not sure how that works but hopefully it will work since a nomination will probably get the word out about this one.

P.S. The trailer for "The Road" is kinda misleading. It gave the impression the the story is about the conflict the Father and Son have with the men in army fatigues. Not at all.
 
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review by . June 23, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****     "The Road" begins a bleak and depressing vision, and stays that way up until the end. That is how Cormac McCarthy's novel was written; that is how the film adaptation is made. There was no other way to make the film. If it could not be both visually and emotionally bleak, then it just wouldn't have been "The Road". In my heart, I know that this is the best they could do when it comes to an adaptation of McCarthy's story, which I treasure oh-so-much. "The Road" …
review by . October 30, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A post-apocalyptic suspense film that loses its steam a third of the way through. From the outset, it will have you on your seat, heart-thumping, anxious to know what danger lies around the next bend for our all-too-human father and son duo.      The gritty style and viewing angles, accompanied with the impeccably apt score immerses the viewer into this desolate world, rife with murderers and cannibals, as well as the atypical enemy: falling dead trees. A Book of Eli similarity …
review by . May 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Parental Panic and Fear in This Barren, Dead Wasteland...
   “THE ROAD” is a film about a post-apocalyptic world that is based on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. Directed by John Hillcoat with a screenplay written by John Penhall portrays the journey of a father and a son as they trudge this barren wasteland, looking for a destination and keeping a flicker of hope. Now I haven’t read the book so I cannot judge this film as to well it compares to its source material, but as always, I can judge a film as to well …
Quick Tip by . December 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
As far as post-apocalyptic stories go, it's hard to introduce anything new or compelling at this point, since almost everything's been done before. However, this film manages to be very compelling and memorable. The film doesn't function as a science fiction film, but rather as an emotionally complex father and son survival story.      The Road takes place in a future where reality almost seems to be unraveling. Trees are falling, animals are dying out, cities are …
review by . October 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I do not have a problem separating a movie derived from another source—typically a book. I’ve been a book collector and heavy reader all my life; similarly, I am a heavy user of movies. So, fully understanding they are different media I can usually value each outside of the other. Of course I make comparisons—it’s impossible not to do so. I loved the book and film Fight Club but the movie was significantly more powerful and a bit funnier. John Huston’s The Dead mimicked …
review by . July 04, 2010
With Vigo Mortensen, I thought the movie adaptation of the book would be better.  After all here is the action star of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I was wrong.  As boring as the book was, the movie is a lot more boring.        After some sort of world holocaust a father and his son wander around whatever is left just trying to survive while trying to avoid cannibalistic "bad people." Occasionally the father remembers his dead wife (she …
Quick Tip by . August 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I'm no expert on post-apocalyptic movies, but this suffered the same fate as Book of Eli for me... strong start and then downhill halfway through. By definition, where can a movie of this nature really go? The ending was flat out pathetic, and the boy got really annoying after a while. Strong performance by Viggo Mortensen though and it did manage some tense moments to hold my interest. Curious about the book though, since as a rule I find most books to be much stronger than their film adaptations. …
Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
It was too bad that the movie was not nearly as good as the book despite being as true to it as it was. The quality of the cgi may have had a lot to do with that, they were some what distracting.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
One of the best book to movie adaptions I have seen. It seems depressing but is a tale of love between a father and son, a never ending unbreakable love. Very uplifting if you look at how there is still love when all else fails.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
For those who care, Viggo gets naked but still can't save this movie. Shame that Charlize is only in this for about 15 seconds.
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The Road is a 2009 film directed by John Hillcoat and written by Joe Penhall. Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by American author Cormac McCarthy, the film stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and his son in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Filming took place in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Oregon. The film received a limited release in North American cinemas from November 25, 2009 and is scheduled to be released in UK cinemas on January 4, 2010.
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 2, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 111 minutes
Studio: Dimension Films, Sony Pictures
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