Adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s bleak post-apocalyptic novel set in a future where the earth has been devastated by an undefined event that has wiped out most life. The Road follows a father (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as they journey across a desolate landscape, blighted by rampaging gangs, in search of a better place to live.
If you are looking for uplifting, low-brow entertainment, this is not the movie for you. Directed by John Hillcoat, The Road has nuclear winter-levels of bleakness, every setting the pair wander through is harsh and painful to watch. However, ultimately this is a film about love and devotion.
The father and son remain fiercely devoted to each other and to the idea of survival. Neither of the characters is named, as in the book they are referred to simply as “the man,” a deeply moral and caring individual who will do whatever it takes to protect his son, whom he calls “the boy.”
The Road is a powerful and poignant tale of love and acceptance of mortality. Its themes of hope and resilience in the face of adversity make it a classic that is worth sidestepping the traditional New Year’s fare for.
New Year’s Eve at 9.00pm on Great Movies Action.
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