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The Road (2009)

"The Road" is a post-apocalyptic dramatic thriller about a father and his son walking alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart… Show more

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Nov. 25, 2009 - Boston.com - Ty Burr, Globe Staff

In “The Road,’’ the world has ended with a bang and a whimper. Author Cormac McCarthy’s lean prose has been lifted off the printed page and laid carefully into the soundtrack like antique china in a packing crate. “The clocks stopped at 1:17,’’ says the narrator. “A long shear of light and then a series of low concussions.’’ That’s all we know about the apocalypse and all we need to know.

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Dec 07, 2009 - chickie_baby on The Road (2009)
My Dad owes me $4.50

Let me preface by saying that book "The Road" is one of my all time favorites. It sang to me with poetry that evoked pure love, utter fear and depression. It made me wonder about God's existence, good and evil and other big questions.

Alas, the movie did not live up to the book. It was interminably boring and unengaging. What was courage and bravery in the book turned into whining and petulance in the movie.

My ticket cost $9.00 and it was so terrible that I left halfway through not intending to return.

My Dad had seen in the movie a couple of weeks ago at a sneak preview so I called him and asked him if it got any better. He said that I should go back in since I spent the money on a ticket.

Pony up, Pops. I want my $4.50.

Now where do I go to get my love of that book back since the movie ruined it for me?

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Nov 28, 2009 - burkeman1 on The Road (2009)
"The Road" delivers

"The Road" is not your typical post apocalyptic end-of-the-world movie. It is a searing, heart wrenching, and horrifying portrayal of the very final days of humanity on Earth. But it is also the story of a Father's undying love for his son. The two themes combined make one emotionally powerful movie.

The movie takes place about 10 years after an unnamed and apparently non man made cataclysm has blackened the sky with a thick ash cover (maybe a meteor strike like the one that killed the dinosaurs). The days are, at best, filled with a grey light in which a thick ash hovers in the air and has covered everything. It is always cold. The nights are starless and moonless and blacker than one can imagine- in which even the light of camp fires doesn't travel very far.

With no sun light- all vegetation has died and all animals as well. Nothing grows. The landscape is an eroding muddy mess and trees stand dead- shorn of limbs and foilage. Wild fires sweep across sections of forests at will.

Most of the human population is dead- dying of mass starvation, disease, mindless violence, or suicide. Towns and cities lie empty, abandoned, and ransacked of all items that might prove useful for survivors. Canned foods are like gold and very rare- with scavengers scouring abandoned houses methodically for a chance discovery of an odd old canned food good or for clothes and blankets to keep warm with.

All other useful resources are likewise depleted forcing the few alive to scavenge the dregs of what is left. Fuel and ammunition are all but gone as well.

A large number of those left alive have survived by abandoning every shred of their humanity and have become vicious cannibals- hunting down stray road wanderers in packs- and devouring their own dead immediately.

The movie takes place at Humanity's end game- the final gasping last breath's of an entire species. You get the idea that one or two more years and there won't be a soul left alive on Earth.

The landscape is death itself. Death hovers about everything. The humans that are left are forever caked in the ashen death of the whole planet- covered in dirt and grime from head to toe- with only their eyes showing any hint of life- like little flames waiting to be snuffed out.

This isn't your typical "Road Warrior" type end of the world movie. There isn't a paradise enclave of civilization still left somewhere. There is no hope. There is no Mel Gibson type hero on the road dispensing justice to the cannibals. The cannibals are like a virus - consuming the last of humanity before they consume each other.

And the cannibals are not dressed up in outlandish costumes with mohawks. They are normally dressed and normal in appearance which makes them all the more terrifying.

It is against this backdrop of complete hopelessness that we follow the road travels of a nameless father and son as they try to reach the coast on just a vague and wholly without substance idea that things might be different there.

The father and son travel with an old supermarket cart laden with the few things they need- extra blankets- clothes and whatever food and fuel they can find- which isn't much. They are both emaciated. The father is clearly slowly dying- coughing up blood every morning.

This movie is in short- the worst nightmares of any father with a young child.

This is a powerful movie not for the weak of heart. The cinematography is haunting and even- oddly beautiful at times.

This isn't a "Sci-fi" movie. It is much more than that. I would recommend it though be prepared for a movie that will get under your skin for days.

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