Rated R · 112 minutes · 2009

Drama, Science fiction, Thriller
Although many of us think of the holiday season as a joyful time, for those being chased by cannibals across a post-apocalyptic wasteland, it can be difficult. Luckily, The Road understands those feelings, and presents a cold and desolate future to match the pain that we feel in our hearts when we’re forced to eat our friends and family. Based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name, the film never captures the page-turning excitement or emotional depth of the book, though it does have some impressive visuals. Viggo Mortensen is perfectly adequate as a man who walks across post-cataclysm America with his 10-year-old son, and Charlize Theron is heartbreaking as the wife who appears to him in flashbacks of a happier, less-blown-up time. The story is episodic, with almost no plot, which isn’t a problem in the book, where McCarthy’s strong prose expertly blends internal and external perspectives. In the movie, though, there’s no hook, and things get a bit dull. By no means a terrible film, The Road is nonetheless disappointing, coming as it does from such a forceful source.

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Official Site: www.theroad-movie.com
Director: John Hillcoat
Producer: Paula Schwartz, Steve Schwartz, Nick Wechsler, Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban, Rudd Simmons and Marc Butan
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker, Michael Williams and Garret Dillahunt


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The Coast Halifax The Road is harrowing A commendably gloomy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's classic. by Hillary Titley 11/26/2009
Memphis Flyer The Long and Winding Road Cormac McCarthy's grim Pulitzer winner gets a big-screen adaptation. by Addison Engelking 12/17/2009
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Colorado Springs Independent Web Extra: Bleak is beautiful Here's a movie to remind you what to be thankful for. by Jonathan Kiefer 12/17/2009

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