The Road (2009)

The Road (2009)

Directed by: John Hillcoat

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

This is another movie where the name reminded me of a song and I couldn’t get it out of my head (this time it was Tenacious D), but that actually isn’t the reason I liked it at all. It was actually a good movie on its own rights.

It’s the post-apocalypse, and nothing living grows anymore. All the animals except for humans and possibly some bugs are dead, and the water looks like Mountain Dew. As the world gets colder, there are fewer and fewer people around, including Viggo Mortensen and his incredibly stupid kid. They’re on their way to the ocean, and along the road they come across cannibals, raiders, thieves, and other “good guys”.

This movie looks a hell of a lot like Fallout 3, and in that respect, it’s a little like The Book of Eli. While also good, Eli takes more of an action take on the post-apocalypse, where The Road paints it in a much more realistic, depressing light. Mortensen does a surprisingly great job in the film, and you really get into his character’s head, which is important, because that’s pretty much the point of the movie. This is definitely not a film for smaller children, as generally we, as a culture, don’t like kids to know about crushing futility until they get out of school.

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