In a moment the world changed forever.
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.
I don't really like luxury. It makes me uncomfortable. As it happens me and my family were invited to go on a holiday for a week by my in-laws to celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary. Our destination? A five star resort in Turkey. So to counterbalance all that luxury I decided finally reading Cormac McCarthy's The Road would keep me suitably grounded, so I took it along with me. The holiday was great, the book was phenomenal.
McCarthy's novel is an astonishing accomplishment of minimalistic proze that strives to move, inspire and lay bare the human spirit and the bond of blood. It does so by incessantly terrorizing its readers with oppressively bleak vistas, horrific encounters and an avalanche of…
Based on the premise and pedigree, The Road was one I have been strongly anticipating for a while now, and happy to see show up on Netflix. It's tough to go wrong with Viggo, Cormac, and undefined apocalypses, but for some reason, I was left strangely unfulfilled with Hillcoat's adaptation. Perhaps it was the jarring flashbacks with an unbelievable and paper-thin Charlize Theron, or maybe it's the fact that we don't learn terribly much about the inner workings of the main characters aside from a will to survive (well, for one of them to survive, at least). I can certainly appreciate the episodic nature of it, which kept the film rolling along as a series of escalating, and increasingly pessimistic…
Whisper-quiet and bathed in the sooty cinematography of its wrecked landscapes, "The Road" is a meditation on both survival and giving up the fight. With that tension as its thematic catalyst, the film moves slowly and poetically through the harrowing and heartbreaking journey of its protagonists. An ideally-cast Viggo Mortensen anchors the film, but it is Kodi Smit-McPhee who provides the film its conscience. "The Road" is an unexpectedly excellent and moving film.
"I told the boy when you dream about bad things happening, it means you're still fighting and you're still alive. It's when you start to dream about good things that you should start to worry."
Effectively draining, grimly poetic, and darkly ponderous - what else would you expect from a Cormac McCarthy adaptation? While it doesn't quite reach the emotional spectrum of the book (which is brilliant. Read it), it still works its wonders, remaining true to the source materrial, and not butchering it like some OTHER people - I'm looking at you, Billy Bob Thornton. The performance from Viggo Mortensen is incredible, reminding me why I love his work so much. The atmosphere was aptly nihilistic, and executed to…
Beats the shit out of the book.
Beer: River Horse Tripel Horse - 5/5 (spiced Belgian tripel, where have you been all my life?!)
Simple, beautiful, and a film the sticks with you, The Road is an underseen gem that deserves the highest praise possible. On this watch I noticed a lot of similarities between this and a certain recently released film that would be spoiled if I mentioned the name.
Although the film is not for everyone, it's brutal realism in the proposed events should resonate with those film goers who crave the harsh truths of life. It is about survival and although there are a tad too many convenient circumstances brought up in the story, they can be forgiven as they try to captivate the audience in believing in hope. As hope dies last.
The visuals are very well done and the music fits. Meanwhile the acting, particularly from Viggo Mortensen is commendable. At times, humanity must push through despite despair. This film will grip you and its end may be bittersweet yet it is sound.
At multiple points this film had my heart beating in anxiety of fear of what could happen next, and at others break down in tears. The cinematography it outstanding and breath taking, alongside all the actors who gave great performances.
I have to wonder if the dad had any use in the book, because the kid would've been better off without him.
The book was fantastic but this movie was a lackluster adaptation.
What a harsh movie. Not to be watched lightly. I don't think you can say you enjoyed the film but boy is it engaging and tense.
Nice, but i don't like the ending, give an end that the child go to the south.
Grauw, nat en smerig. Dat is de wereld na de apocalyps. Geen blad meer aan de bomen, geen dier meer dat leeft. De aarde sterft, net als de mensheid. The Road is behoorlijk depressief.
Er valt geen greintje plezier meer te halen in de jaren nadat de wereld zijn verval heeft ingezet. De (prachtige) voice-over vertelt over een verblindende flits en gegrom van de aarde. Sindsdien is alle kleur uit de wereld getrokken.
Een man (Viggo Mortensen) en zijn zoon (Kodi Smit-McPhee) zijn op elkaar aangewezen. De mensheid verliest stukje bij beetje haar menselijkheid. Er wordt nergens meer geleefd, alleen nog overleefd. Er is kannibalisme. Niemand is veilig, waar dan ook.
The Road is mistroostig en uitzichtloos. Er kan nergens…
Der Film spielt in einer Post-Apokalyptischen Welt die aus irgendeinem Grund den ich nicht verstanden habe Menschenleer und zerfallen ist.
Es geht um das Überleben, Nahrungssuche und Hoffnung.
Eigentlich ein bisschen so wie in The Walking Dead, wobei ich die Atmosphäre, die Welt und das Gefühl alleine und hilflos zu sein, sogar besser fand als in TWD.
Ich weiß nicht wie viel von der Landschaft echt oder CGI war, aber es sah sehr realistisch aus. Der Braun- und Grauton des Films hat mir sehr gefallen, auch die Charaktere waren super. Der Vater der sich um das Überleben seines Sohnes kümmert, der in diese Welt reingeboren wurde und noch nie etwas anderes gesehen hat.
Doch irgendwas hat mir gefehlt… Das Ende war vorhersehbar und die Story war ziemlich geradlinig, ich hätte mir eine Wendung gewünscht, dennoch sehenswerter Film.