Obviously well made, but reads more as an overlong, dramatized documentary, so you're not really getting the best of either drama (which, when present, is heavy handed) or documentary (flat, with no angle, and suspect to a lot of "they really did that?" moments of unbelievability).
Besides the unnecessary length of certain sequences, my key reason for not getting into this one was Jessica Chastain. She was up for an Academy Award for this? I understand that she's playing a…
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.