The Road

The Road
  • 2009
  • US
  • 1h 51min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Hillcoat
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce
  • Website: www.theroad-movie.com

In this largely faithful adaptation, Hillcoat and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe have successfully recreated the barren, grey, burnt out landscape described in Cormac McCarthy's text. Mortensen is admirable as the man journeying with his son (Smit-Mcphee) and it's bleak in a way that Hollywood rarely dares to be. Even with an overused voiceover however, this adaptation is at times frustratingly more about the physical rather than existential journey.

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