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The Road

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The Road, Viggo Mortensen | THE ROAD Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee, in another cheery Cormac McCarthy film
Macall Polay

The Road

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
119 minutes
Wide Release Date:
11/25/09
performer:
Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron
director:
John Hillcoat
distributor:
Dimension Films
author:
Joe Penhall
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

Talk about tough sledding. At least with Cormac McCarthy’s post-?apocalyptic novel, you could stop reading once in a while and take a breather from all of the grim hopelessness. The film adaptation of The Road is a marathon of doom and despair. Viggo Mortensen is affecting as a father trying to protect his son from the elements and roving bands of ? cannibals. And sad-eyed Kodi Smit-McPhee is heartbreaking every time he asks his dad if they’re ”still the good guys.” But be warned: If you’re looking for any shred of uplift, steer clear. All that said, if you feel like watching it a second time, there’s a thoughtful commentary from director John Hillcoat on the EXTRAS, where he cites Mount St. Helens, Katrina, and 9/11 as influences on the film’s visual style. B

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