The Road (2009)
Reviewed on 2010 June 27
Harsh survival movie, told in a non-linear manner and remarkable for making us care so much about a man and his son without even giving us their names.
After a mysterious and catastrophic event, a Man (Viggo Mortensen) and a Woman (Charlize Theron) lose their comfortable existence, one flashbacks show us was full of fine music and roses in the garden of their lovely home, for survival in a horrible new world where nothing grows and gangs of cannibals try to pick off the remaining survivors. The bulk of the film focuses on The Man and his Boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) trying to reach the coast in a bid to live. The Man tries his best to keep his son safe and teach him how to exist, both physically and spiritually, in this new universe.
This is one of the grimmest things I’d seen, done with good acting and little exposition - we don’t know much about what happened or why; life as we know it just comes to a screeching halt and the next day the world is all Mad Max and sepia. The problem is I felt it dragged, and as I write this I feel maybe I’m being unfair: How else can you depict two beings struggling in flat, almost lifeless (except for the cannibal gangs) world? I preferred The Book of Eli but this was still a good entry in TEOTWAWKI genre.
Two chocolate morsels and a can of chili.