The Road—Movie

The Road, directed by John Hillcoat, based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy and adapted by Joe Penhall, is very, very good. While not exactly a feel-good movie, it’s not entirely depressing either. In a very weird way, this film is similar in plot to Zombieland without the funny. For those who haven’t read the book (and I’m one of them), The Road  is the story of survival for a father (Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in a post-apocalypse world, the cause of which is never disclosed. As the two make their way to the coast, they have a number of life-threatening encounters, in addition to the on-going struggle to find food and water. The mother (Charlize Theron) is long dead and is shown in flashbacks. The success of the film really hinges on the relationship between the father and son and this is where the movie shines. The actors are absolutely wonderful. As good as Viggo Mortensen is and he is fabulous, Kodi Smit-McPhee matches him step for step.

This film is not easy to find, but it is worth seeking out.

3 ½ nuggets out of 4

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