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The Road

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

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A Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22

  • Dec 17, 2010
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 crumbling, people are committing suicide to escape their stark lives, and it's getting colder, much colder. All of this is happening without any real explanation. So, a father and son head out on the road to find a warmer, more hospitable land to live in... and perhaps to find hope for the future. But what they find is a savage world where people will do anything to survive, whether that means resorting to theft, murder, rape, or cannibalism. The duo soon learn that the true challenge isn't to simply survive, but to retain their humanity in a dying world.

This film is really superb. The acting is genuine and honest (props to Viggo for his dedication as a performer). The music is involving and heightens the human drama. The photography is monochromatic and enhances the bleak atmosphere. All in all, the film is great. Still, it's not a cheerful affair, so if you're not in the mood for something grim and depressing, then skip this.
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December 18, 2010
The book I really liked by this author is called "All the Pretty Horses." If you are having trouble getting through "The Road," you might try that one instead. Great QT, btw! This is a film I want to see one of these days.
December 18, 2010
Isn't "All the Pretty Horses" part of McCarthy's "Border Trilogy"?
December 20, 2010
December 20, 2010
Is it the first, second, or third book? I'd hate to read them out of order.
December 20, 2010
First book. :)
December 20, 2010
What are the other titles?
December 20, 2010
"The Crossing" and finally "Cities of the Plains." I haven't read the full trilogy. I enjoyed the first one immensely, though.
December 20, 2010
Cool. I'll have to see if I can find them around here. I don't think we have them at the library since there are only a few patrons that read McCarthy, but I'll check the used book stores.
December 20, 2010
Good luck! I hope you can find them. :)
December 20, 2010
I hope so. I've been having trouble finding good contemporary books lately.
December 20, 2010
Aw, that sucks. "Poisonwood Bible" is a good contemporary read.
December 18, 2010
you know, this QT as well as a few others you've made can be posted as full reviews since there are some posted here that looks like QT's rather than full reviews (with all due respect to them). Add some photos and a short summary and this review is better, more informative than many others I've seen that gets a full three thumb spread. Nice One!
December 18, 2010
I'm the same way when it comes to QTs, which is why I don't write too many of them. I have difficulty keeping them short, and then I decide to write a lengthy review instead, lol.
December 18, 2010
Yeah, I am the same way. My QT output is really low. I prefer full-length reviews.
December 18, 2010
Yay for us, lol!
December 18, 2010
Aw, come on, Will. You should know me well enough by now to realize that this isn't even long enough for an introduction. LOL!
December 18, 2010
Orlok, I'm just saying that it is good enough to post as a full review. Look around, there are some full reviews that look like QT's (with all respect to them, but they lack detail and personality, all based on summaries), I think lunch should make a minimum character requirement for full reviews.

....and yes, your introductions are more detailed than some's  full reviews. LOL!

@Adri, I talk too much....LOL!
December 18, 2010
Agreed, although I also think that the current system works well for people like me who write long reviews and post them in chapters (my reviews on Vampire Mythology and Count Dracula being good examples).
December 18, 2010
Ok, I am off to see TRON LEGACY...wish me luck. (at least I already saw a good movie last night)
December 18, 2010
Good luck, but I haven't heard good things about it. If I were you, I'd go see "Black Swan" again... Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis!
December 18, 2010
I wanted to see RABBIT HOLE but it is not playing in my area. I already saw BLACK SWAN twice, one with a friend and another time with another friend. Check out THE FIGHTER. ;)
December 18, 2010
I'm just about to read your review on it.
December 18, 2010
is BLACK SWAN now showing in your area? It supposedly went nationwide yesterday....
December 18, 2010
Nope. My guess is that our theatre won't get it unless it actually gets nominated for best picture at the Oscars.
December 18, 2010
It already has been nominated in the Golden Globes. wow...I bet you have TRON playing everywhere though right?
December 18, 2010
hm maybe I'll check this one out instead...http://www.fandango.com/thetempest2010_136239/movieoverview?date= heard about it? THE TEMPEST?
December 18, 2010
Yeah, I have actually. A friend of mine just saw it and thought it was really good.
December 20, 2010
@william: I like when you talk to much. It quells the voices inside my head. :-P
December 20, 2010
good to know I'm not the only one who hears voices LOL!
December 20, 2010
All the cool people hear voices. :D
December 20, 2010
LOL! I'm fine with being a square then.
More The Road (movie) reviews
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 …
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 . December 14, 2009
The Fire Inside Still Burns
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 …
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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