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The Road

  • Drama
  • 2009
  • John Hillcoat
  • 106 mins
  • 15

Summary

The world is devastated by a cataclysm that wipes out all the plants and animals and leaves the few remaining humans desperately struggling to survive. A man and his son make an arduous journey across a desolate America inhabited by cannibals, in search of sanctuary further south. Drama based on Cormac McCarthy's novel, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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ManViggo Mortensen
BoyKodi Smit-McPhee
WomanCharlize Theron
Ely, old manRobert Duvall
VeteranGuy Pearce
ThiefMichael Kenneth Williams
Gang memberGarret Dillahunt
Motherly womanMolly Parker
Bearded manBob Jennings

Crew

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DirectorJohn Hillcoat

Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2010-01-08
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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