January 25, 2010

A quick review of The Road (2009)

The Road is not a really much of a Horror film. It's certainly a genre flick, full of post-apocalyptic ruin and chaos, and some truly horrific visuals and themes, but at its heart, it's really a drama about a father and a son.

Still, I believe it to be relevant to most Horror fans interests to share my thoughts on the film, as it should be right up most of our alleys. Ahem.

Penned by Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men), The Road is a story of a father (Viggo Mortensen) and a son (some kid actor) fighting for their very survival in a world of post-apocalyptic strife and ruin. Food is scarce, bands of armed thugs roam the roads looking to take anything from anyone they come across, and hope is all but nonexistent. Did I mention that cannibalism is pretty rampant too?

It's a sparse, bleak, and truly a depressing film in many ways, but it's also an uplifting meditation on sacrifice, and just what a father would do to see that his child is safe and cared for. I cringed a few times and the lengths Viggo went to.

I hated the ending, although I get the point of it, and the whole thing just left me feeling blah. Still, it was poignant and had something to say, which made enduring its bleakness that much easier. It was a really good movie, but you may want to wait to see it until you're in a down mood to begin with. Otherwise, it might just ruin the rest of your day.

If I were grading, The Road would be a B+

 So apparently this movie is set in Detroit?

4 comments :

  1. I am not sure if I'll check this out.

    Now, BRING ON THE LEGION REVIEW!!!
    Will you PLEASE????

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  2. I was very suprised that this movie came out so well, when I read the book I thought that there is no way they are going to show some of that on screen....and they didn't - they hinted at a few of the more gruesome parts and it worked. Definately added it to my collection.

    Cheers!

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  3. Legion review is on the way, Ifaz :)

    And I haven't read the book, but I'm going to. I bet it's a great read.

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  4. One of the most depressing movies I've ever seen. I kinda liked, but also kind of regretted watching it around Christmas time, ya know? Haha. Well-made, but not a lively story by any means.

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