The Road is a faithful adaptation of the dark novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. The movie stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and son struggling for survival in a post apocalyptic America. The film also features appearances from Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, and Guy Pearce.
Why you should see this movie
The movie is a testament to the extremely popular novel. McCarthy did not sugar coat the morbid reality of the situation he created in his text. The characters remain nameless and the only creative liberties taken are what is removed from the book to avoid a four hour run time. The movie adaptation also removes some of the most disturbing imagery to keep the movie at a lower level of traumatizing. However, several of the key moments of the book are preserved including the ending, a can of soda, and a basement that no one ever wants to encounter.
The performances of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee make this movie with the gritty direction from John Hillcoat. The trailer can be deceiving by making you believe that there are other actors that play a prominent role. While they are important roles, they are far from lengthy. Like most apocalyptic films, the movie focuses on only the father and son characters. Others come and go quickly to leave the main drama for the two leads.
Why you may want to see something else
This movie does have a sense of hope, but it is drenched in struggle, disturbing images, and appalling human behavior. The squeamish will not make it long since the main struggle of the heroes is survival through scrounging for food and avoiding other groups of survivors that have resorted to cannibalism.
There are people who resort to the worst choices imaginable in this film and as a result, it is a hard film to watch without cringing a few times. However, the movie is well done and centered on hope and the bond of a father and son.
Apologies for the annoying introduction and conclusion on the video, but the official trailers are not allowed to be embedded, possible reason the movie tanked was because of poor distribution and marketing.