The Road Movie Review
The Road is an adaptation from the book with the same name written by Cormac McCarthy. The book was a Pulitzer Prize winner and when the same was decided to be made into a film a lot of risk was involved in the same considering the tale is all about human emotions, love and hope. Director John Hillcoat who had earlier made “The Proposition” has to a certain extent pulled it off successfully. The only missing link in the movie is that the screenplay needed to have more depth in order to create the desired impact.
The storyline is simple that a Man (Viggo Mortenson) and his Son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) are finding themselves in a strange situation where habitations have been destroyed, Crops have already died out and to make matters worse a section of humans have turned cannibals to keep their life rolling. The reason behind the devastation due to an apocalypse is not known to the viewers but the way things are found to be it turns out that something disastrous has happened that has left behind only a handful of humans.
The journey of the Father and Son duo through testing times is portrayed on screen with good effect. In fact in the scenes in which the flashback runs in the Man’s memories are well executed. Charlize Theron comes as the mother and there are other actors who form the supporting cast. In the end whether the duo make it to safety or what happens to them is been narrated in the remaining part of the movie.
The major highlight of the film are the acting exploits of Viggo Mortenson and Kodi Smit-McPhee who have grabbed the given opportunity with both hands. Charlize Theron comes only for few scenes and there is nothing to mention about in her acting. Another important contributor of the film is its Art Director Gershon Ginsburg who has created the post apocalyptic scenario to perfection.
Screenplay by Joe Penhall is commendable and so is the Cinematography by Javier Aguirresarobe (Nominated for BAFTA). The movie is slow-paced but the inner depth of the film is surely heart rendering. The movie has a running time of close to 110 minutes. The movie though portrays the struggle for existence, there could have been more scenes that emphasizes on the same in a much stronger manner.
“The Road” takes you on a slow and meaningful journey.
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