Movie Review – “The Road”

As a general rule, post apocalyptic flicks are typically required to feature its cast decked out in tattered, homemade clothing, be laden with soot, grime, and mange, and wander the barren landscape, all while pondering the demise and decline of mankind. This brings to mind a slew of classic and not so memorable fare such as the “Mad Max” series (which is being remade, by the way), “The Postman”, “28 Days Later”, “Waterworld”, and most recently, “I Am Legend”, and “The Book of Eli”. “The Road”, based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy, takes the genre head on by capturing the usual dystopian elements, while successfully managing to inject a raw emotional twist that leaves most post apocalyptic films at the starting line. The story follows a man (skillfully portrayed by the talented Viggo Mortensen) and his son (a great job by newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee) as they make their way south through the wasteland that was once the U.S. Along the way, they maneuver beyond the clutches of roving cannibals, erratic weather, and plain old loneliness. A portion of the story is told through the occasional flashback, which adds a bit of depth to an otherwise solid film. And in the end, “The Road” is just that; not great, but a solid, evenly structured tale that will keep you glued to the bleakness of this imaginary world.

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