12 Jan 2010

The Road

Director: John Hillcoat

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce

Year: 2009

Genre: Drama


Cinema-Reader – 7.9
IMDB – 8.0
FilmAffinity – 7.3

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Cinema-Reader Synopsis:

Life on earth is turning out for an unknown event as trees are about to die and water is corrupted. Food is limited if not vanished and last men standing have turn into cannibalism.

Under these apocalyptic circumstances, a man struggling with a rare disease (Viggo Mortensen) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) are on a trip across an overwhelmed landscape heading the south with no food, a gun with two bullets, the memories of a former life and the hope of finding a future on the south coast; running away from cannibals and their very own fears.

Cinema-Reader Review:

Based on the book by the Pulitzer winner Cormac McCarthy (also responsible of No Country for old man), this post apocalyptic story tells the desperate trip of a man and his son towards the unknown.
The timeless context in which the plot is developing, no explanation about what caused the earth is about to collapse, makes a bit more disturbing , involving the viewer in a way that makes you feel in the boots of the 2 travelers, as you know as much as they know about that’s next; absolutely nothing.

Viggo Mortensen plays stunningly the role of the protective father who struggles to keep his son alive within a devastated world, along a cast of well-known names but however unacknowledged within the film as the great Robert Duvall.

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