A man (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) struggle to survive after an unspecified cataclysm has killed most plant and animal life and a grey sky is constantly present. Civilization as we know it has collapsed, reducing the survivors to scavenging and in most cases cannibalism. The duo search for supplies as they travel south on a road to the coast in the hope it will be warmer. The only things they have is a pistol to defend themselves, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food and each other…

“The Road” is of course based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of the same name by American author Cormac McCarthy. Esquire screened the film before it was released and called it “the most important movie of the year” and “a brilliantly directed adaptation of a beloved novel, a delicate and anachronistically loving look at the immodest and brutish end of us all. You want them to get there, you want them to get there, you want them to get there-and yet you do not want it, any of it, to end.” IGN gave it four and a half out of a possible five stars, calling it “one of the most important and moving films to come along in a long time.”Peter Travers from Rolling Stone calls the film a “haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young”. He states that “Hillcoat — through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee — carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true.” Roger Ebert awarded the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, praising Mortensen and Smit-McPhee’s work, but he did criticize the film for not being as powerful as the book. First of all I love Cormac McCarthy´s book. Reading it was such a fantastic experience and I had trouble to put down the book, because it was so good and as well because I didn´t want it to end. I think John Hillcoat has managed to make a great adaptation of this fantastic book, but yes it´s too short to be fully compared with the book so to say. I would´ve wanted it to be more fleshed out and longer to fully satisfy me. Nevertheless it´s a haunting, harrowing and strong movie as much as the book is with great performances by Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The strong bond and love between a parent and a child and the challenges they face, is both difficult and beautiful to watch. A parent that does whatever it takes to protect his child is so strongly portrayed here by Viggo Mortensen it goes straight into your heart. Hillcoat & Co manage to fully convince us that there has been some sort of apocalypse and the cinematography and CGI presents us with some stunning landscapes and environments of this bleak post-apocalyptic world. The story of the “The Road” is as current as ever and I personally believe that this sort of world might be what we will get if we don´t really start to handle the worlds global problems asap. Maybe not in 10 years, but maybe in 50. (4 out of 5)

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