Amazon Holiday

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Road

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: After an unexplained apocalypse, a man and his son (Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee) go on the road looking for food, and trying to avoid being killed and eaten by other humans.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Garret Dillahunt, Michael K. Williams

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. If I were a producer in the movie The Player, this would be my sales pitch, "Okay, here's the deal. Picture Zombieland-- number one at the box office last weekend. Got it? So our movie is just like that, but without any of the humor or the zombies." And that would actually be a pretty accurate description of this grim and hopeless depiction of a world with about as much hope as a gas shower.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Once. And it's so out of place in this dark, quiet piece, that it actually makes you feel like you just farted really loudly, and everyone knows you dealt it.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: It is tense, but it's much too alienating to elicit tears.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Clearly that's the only possible goal the Weinstein Company could've had in releasing this film, cuz it's certainly not trying to entertain anyone.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Viggo Mortensen finds his on-screen equal in an 11-year-old boy named Kodi Smit-McPhee. Not only does the boy look like a perfect combination of the genes of Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron, but he acts like this isn't his first apocalypse.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: John Hillcoat's images are probably the main reason that lovers of cinema will appreciate this art film. It is truly gorgeous... I mean, if you can find beauty in a gray world covered in trash and scattered with people who are covered in grime.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Cormac McCarthy's book makes for a script of few words. It's slow, meditative, and doesn't lead toward much more than the characters' impending death. I imagine those who've read the book will find greater depth than I did in this examination of a father and son relationship at the end of a life worth living.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: This is not an action-adventure "event" movie, so the following trailer is completely misleading:

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


Back To Top
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

1 comment:

Film-Book dot Com said...

Great book. Can't wait to see the film.