The Road (I) (2009)
Runtime: 111 min
Genre : Adventure, Drama
Movie Release : 2 December 2009 (France)
Director: John Hillcoat
Writers: Cormac McCarthy (novel), Joe Penhall (screenplay)
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless cannibalistic bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food–and each other.
While watching this movie I thought to myself that it was good I had already read the book. This was because the movie is agonizingly desperate and sad–often times it was just too much to absorb or handle in such a large dose. You can’t put this movie down like you can with the book. Unlike the book being beautifully written, in an almost poetic prose, which distracted the reader from the subject, the movie is not beautifully shot. In your face is desperation, agony, and death.
I can understand why this movie was shelved for a year. Do not go into it looking to be entertained, at best look to be intellectually stimulated. This is no popcorn movie.
The Road Trailer