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Summary: 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.
Great junk like Resident Evil and passable schlock like 28 Weeks Later have more skill and integrity. Why would anyone want to make -- or watch -- this Hillcoat/McCarthy desolation except to feel fashionably cynical?
A severe and devastating film. It holds magnificence among End of the World movies in that it lacks an ounce of hope and happiness, an explanation for why the world has crumbled is never given, and instead of robust bad-asses kicking ass, we follow a sick and deteriorating man and his son, who are simply named Man and Boy. John Hillcoat has wonderfully adapted this film from Cormac Mccarthy's agonizing novel. Much respect for Kodi Smit-McPhee for a master-full performance.
There's just something about apocalyptic films that piques my interest and this worked in all angles. The mystery, the bleakness, scenery, all of it worked to create the right mood for this type of film.
Mortensen is haunted and determined and Smit-McPhee convincingly acts fearful and stunned. It's relentlessly grim (although how could it not be?), with limited dialogue, and the appropriately scorched and desolate look but it's also emotionally distancing and as much of a slog as the duo's walk itself.
One of the worst films I've seen in my life. Why did Charlize Theron have to whisper her dialogue and why did this hopeless situation just get stupider by the second? SPOILER: I hope the cannibals ate the little boy at the end.
A post-apocalyptic road movie of a man, a boy, a gray wasteland, and roving bands of ragtag cannibals whom Mad Max would have blown away with a sneeze. Naturalistic science fiction, it amounts to an anti-2012 (careful what you wish for) from the maker of the Australian anti-Western, The Proposition, Hillcoat, a small-scale spectacle of unrelieved grimness and gloom, short on characters, thin in incident, thick with sallow grimy hairy closeups
Very bleak, but well done. This is a hard film to grade - it's so well done, but it feels like it's very one-dimensional. This, I think, is just the limit set by the plot, and not the fault of the cast or director. There's just only so much you can do with the story at hand.
A sad and harrowing story, it is a pity that it came within the "post-apocalyptic setting boom", that has downgraded its worth. There were some chilling moments ad some great photography selections, which counterbalanced the dullness of the environment. Mortensen was scary thin and looked like Rasputin on the run. No plausible explanation of what has happened tainted the movie a bit, it might be argued that that was not the point; but a point in a movie about pointlessness would be reinforcing.
Absolutely beautiful, elegiac meditation on parenthood. There's little substance to the plotting (as it should be; inexorable decay is anything but exciting), but every one of the actors locked into their performances to make it all work; the leads are perfect. The world built here is sparse, thoroughly hostile, with the only missteps being a single shot that shows too much, and an overuse of sentiment in flashbacks and score. Would I have understood it before my daughter was born? Probably not.
I didn't see this initially because the trailer made it look so awful, but Hillcoat actually brought it to the screen masterfully. Viggo is great, but not quite stoic enough. This may be because most of the one/two word dialogue exchanges from the source material are replaced with slighty wordier, more 'movie-like' dialogue. The music gives many of the scenes the kind of sentimental feel that movie goers of the high-class cerebral persuasion seem to hate. I loved it, manipulation and all.
The Road is one of my all time favourite films. I wonder if any other actor would have been able to pull of what Mortensen did in this film. The way the film is directed makes you feel for the characters, much more so than in other post-apocalyptic films. The art direction and the use of colour also help quite a bit, strengthening the post-apocalyptic feel, but at the same time tapping in to our human emotions, making us ask the question "How would I survive, behave, act in such a gruesome world
Has lots of potential but not completely realized. Its disappointing that the major source of excitement/horror revolves around cannibalism. Other issues are not given the same kind of treatment. The leading actor's acting is good, but its like Tom hank's 'cast away' good - you realize the actor is acting hard - which kind of defeats the goal. Lacks soul. Hated the kid. Charlize Theron seems uninterested / wasted.