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The Road

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The Road

John Hillcoat (2009)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Although Hollywood often treats spectacular destruction as entertainment, this adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy is soberingly serious. In an ashen post-apocalyptic landscape, a man and his son make a perilous journey across America searching for better prospects. After the breakdown of society, what's left except to scavenge the remaining food then turn to human prey? And what price morality when basic survival's at stake? Director John Hillcoat (The Proposition) takes on these weighty philosophical questions, and creates a convincingly desolate fresco of modern life at the end of its tether. Viggo Mortensen might be just a bit too rugged as the careworn dad, but Kodi Smit-McPhee's performance as the vulnerable boy is deeply touching, without a hint of child-actor precocity. The multiple threats faced by the father and son ensure there's constant tension, even though the plot's a fairly skeletal affair. Ultimately, this bracingly austere film falls a little short of the greatness of the book, but it's still a terrifyingly effective warning that we squander the planet's resources at our peril.



Cast & Crew

Man Viggo Mortensen
Boy Kodi Smit-McPhee
Woman Charlize Theron
Ely, old man Robert Duvall
Veteran Guy Pearce
Thief Michael Kenneth Williams
Gang member Garret Dillahunt
Motherly woman Molly Parker
Bearded man Bob Jennings
Director John Hillcoat
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Icon Guidance: Violence, swearing, nudity. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 8 Jan 2010


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