Thursday, 21 February 2013

The Road (2009) [Review]

Directed by - John Hillcoat

Written by - Joe Penhall & Cormac McCarthy

Starring - Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron & Kodi Smit-McPhee

Story/Plot - At first I was very sceptical about this film due to reviews written about it (yes even I read reviews). A lot of what I read was negative feedback and how the story was really sad etc. I am not one to be put of by bad reviews so I endeavoured to watch this film via a legal online rental website.

Right onto the film, The Road is a tale set in the aftermath of an apocalyptic America. The world is now virtually deserted save for a young boy and his father. Together they cross America, foraging for what little food they can find, searching through abandoned homes and shops. They sleep rough and bathe in waterfalls and lakes, living on the rough of mother earth.

The are soon to discover that they are not the only ones left, living to survive in this desolate land. The encounter hunters who are intent on killing anyone and anything. They are faced by cannibals wanting to eat who ever they can lay their hands on just to feed. Most of all the come across an old man and a crook, the boy trying to get his father to help these two men.

Through out the journey the father has flashbacks of the good and bad times with his now lost wife. He is slowly but surely losing his mind and his health is deteriorating rapidly. They have a revolver with two bullets, one for each of them, unfortunately they use one whilst escaping the hunters. Reaching the beach the father is now dying and his little boy is faced with a dilemma.

My verdict - Yes this is a sad story but it is a story of courage, togetherness and most of all true love. The tension and suspense of the duo not knowing who they will encounter, where they will sleep and what they will each ads to the raw courage portrayed in this film.

Viggo Mortensen who plays the father is a wonderful actor and he plays his role with sheer dignity and love. The story itself is one of pure brilliance and the screenplay is to the highest standard needed.
Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, the screenplay was written by Joe Penhall and directed by John Hillcoat.

This film is a definite watch for anyone, especially those who want to see what courage and love really means.

Ratings -

Story - 9/10

Cast - 8/10

Director - 7/10

Overall - 8/10      
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