The Road, Hollywood’s latest Cormac McCarthy adaptation, was neither as beloved nor as successful as No Country for Old Men, but that doesn’t make it a bad film. The novel, which won 2007′s Pulitzer Prize for fiction, recounts a journey undertaken by a man and his son across a post-apocalyptic nightmare world. The bleak landscape and gritty characterizations are keenly brought to life on-screen by director John Hillcoat, in his first big Hollywood feature. Definitely worth a look.
The Road – Average Tier 6.43
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. 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. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. The Road @ Amazon
Dear John – Average Tier 3.31
While on leave, a U.S. soldier (Channing Tatum) falls for a Southern college student (Amanda Seyfried) whose conservative ideals and heartfelt principles are at once attractive and unfamiliar. But their love is put on hold when the 9/11 terrorist attacks prompt John to reenlist. Now, handwritten letters are the only thing holding the pair together. Lasse Hallstrom directs this modern romance based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. Dear John @ Amazon
Damage – Average Tier 2.57
An ex-con battles it out in the cage to pay for the operation that would save the daughter of his victim. Along the way he finds fatherly love, and friendship, in the most unlikely of places. Damage @ Amazon