Interesting premise on the apocalyptic theme with some typical tropes in the genre. Still, the familiar ground it does cover, it covers well, and all without the annoying concept of humanity immediately becoming brutal, which happens all too often in this genre.
A well-made and shot film with a good all-around cast of like able actors playing characters you can be hopeful for, this one is good for an end-of-world change of pace. Some might not like the ending, but it fit with the rest of the notes touched on throughout the film and I personally liked the ending, myself. Well done, overall.
Lee: I like to let people talk who like to talk. It lets me find out how full of shit they are.
Carter: What the hell did you just say?
Carter: This is the LAPD. We're the most hated cops in all the free world. My own mama's ashamed of me. She tells everybody I'm a drug dealer.
Lee: Why would they not want my help?
Carter: Because they don't give a damn about you! They don't like…
Soul crushing and fascinating look at post apocalyptic survival. The Road doesn't travel new ground in its assumptions of what humanity will do to survive but it does feature a struggle of hope vs despair that is compelling.
The one weak spot is the boy, whose constant mewling of "Papa!" tends to get grating. Thankfully, it's mostly Viggo's show and he doesn't disappoint. A little more of Charlize Theron and her character's juxtaposition opposite Viggo's would have been appreciated. But this is a solid movie that looks a little deeper past pure survival.