By Jeremy Medina
Updated May 14, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

The trailer for the post-apocalyptic thriller The Road has conveniently surfaced online, just in time to capitalize on the buzz spearheaded by Esquire — who saw it, loved it, and busted out their jump to conclusions mat to label it “the most important movie of the year.” Certainly, we’re fans of Cormac McCarthy’s book around these parts as well, seeing how we ranked it No. 1 on our New Classics list. The trailer suggests that the film has been translated to the screen superbly, sporting a bleak, grayed look, and what looks to be a tremendous performance from Viggo Mortensen.

The book is one of the most disturbing pieces of literature I have ever read. There’s a specific scene in a basement that I caught a quick glimpse of in the trailer, and I’m not ashamed to admit it scared the daylights out of me. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be there on day 1 when the movie hits theaters Oct. 16. My one quibble would be the studio tried to make it more of an action movie than I think it really is. But hey, whatever they have to do to sell this thing is fine by me. What are your thoughts on the trailer? Too stark for your tastes?