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The Road
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Directed By
John Hillcoat

Written By:
Joe Penhall, Cormac McCarthy

Cast:
Charlize Theron, Viggo Mortensen, Guy Pearce, Robert Duvall, Garret Dillahunt, Molly Parker, Michael K. Williams, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Brenna Roth, Bob Jennings, Aaron Bernard, Jeremy Ambler, Mark Tierno, Jared Pfennigwerth, Kyle Quinn, Shawn Rolly, Nick Pasqual, David August Lindauer, Jack Erdie, Amy Caroline, Matt Reese, Chris Sechler, Kacey Byrne-Houser, Frederick E. Kowalo, Cerise Weidner


 
The Road (2009)
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Movie Review by Zara
June 29th, 2010

I wish I could have rated this movie higher, but there's something in me that believes the book (which I have not read yet) would have been ten thousand times more powerful than the movie turned out to be.

As hard as Viggo tries, the movie is ultimately bleak and completely depressing. Facing an "end of the world" scenario where he has to help his wife give birth to their son and then watch her give up on the hopelessness of their situation, abandoning them to the more light-hearted path of death, he soldiers on to continue to fight for his survival but mostly for his boy's.

And it's not that the kid that they have playing his son is an annoying child actor or anything. I think he's probably doing a great job embodying the character as it was meant to be. But I have to say that I didn't like the kid's character. And for the majority of the movie, the director seems hell-bent on making you distrust and outright hate Viggo's as well. If this is how it was meant to be in the book, perhaps that's a good thing, but it still doesn't make for pleasant viewing.

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