The Road: tense, heartbreaking, memorable

7 Jan

The first scene shows Viggo reaching over and placing his hand on his sleeping son’s chest to make sure he is still breathing. If that doesn’t tell you what kind of experience you’re in for, I don’t know what does.

The Road is set in a time after an unexplained catastrophic event leaves the world in ruins and most of the human race dead. The story follows Viggo’s charcter, Man, and his son, Boy, as they attempt to make their way to the coast without being captured by ‘bad men’: men who have turned to cannibalism due to the lack of food.

While watching this movie there is a sense of dread that never really dissapates; a feeling that makes me unhappy, but is great thing for a film to achieve. The violence was well done and not too tramatizing, though there was one part where Man has to patch up a wound using nothing but a bottle of liqour, a stapler and duct tape. The audience collectively gasped and shifted in their seats uncomfortably while I looked away, because I am a baby.

The acting was excellent, but at this point I expect nothing less from Viggo, who has become one of my favorite actors. The Road is based on a book by Cormac McCarthy, who also wrote No Country for Old Men, both of which have similar themes of good and evil, hope and hopelessness. I’m just glad I’m not McCarthy–dude probably has some pretty intense nightmares!

I would definitely recommend this film; it is powerful and tense and will leave you with something to think about when it’s over.

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