I recently went to see The Road and after having read the book by Cormac McCarthy I was extremely excited to see this movie. But I was weary at the same time because of how much I loved the book — I didn’t want to be disappointed. I was soo pleased after seeing the movie, it lived up to the book (as well as a movie can).
The plot is extremely depressing, so you should know that before diving into both the book or movie. It’s about some sort of apocalyptic event, we never find out what it is, that has killed a majority of people and left the world devastated. Currency, valuables and humanity really no longer have relevance in this post-apocalyptic world. The story focuses on the journey of a father and son traveling and struggling to survive on little food.
There were some really striking images in the movie. One that really stuck out was the money and jewelry covering the ground and the father just walking by it. To think of a world where money and valuables cease to be needed is a scary thought! Another cool image, was when the father found a lone Coca-Cola and was able to give his son a sweet treat in the midst of the dreary world they live in. To also imagine never having had Coke is hard to do. It was those little moments that really hit home, in both the movie and book. The scenery of the movie was very convincing and believable, some footage from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was used. For those of you who have read the book, you’ll be pleased to find the majority of important scenes from the book in the movie. Sometimes film adaptations of books are a lot different from the actual text but in this case the movie follows the book very closely.
The movie starred Viggo Mortensen, who’s been in movies such as 28 Days, The Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence, and Eastern Promises. As always, he did a fantastic job. Not only did he have to lose a lot of weight to fulfill this role but he was very convincing as a father who has been struggling to keep himself and his son alive for the past 7 or so years. Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Robert Duvall also play minor but very important roles and all did great jobs. Pearce and Duvall are nearly unrecognizable, and if it wasn’t for Duvall’s distinct voice and Pearce’s eyes I probably wouldn’t have recognized them. Viggo’s son is played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, who is from Australia and has been in a few movies. He did a great job illustrating the loss of innocence and a boy trying to grasp onto any piece of hope.
Overall, the movie and book, illustrate pretty well how the world would likely be given an apocalypse. Humanity completely disappears except for those few people left that still have a conscience. The ending though is hopeful in a couple different ways, but I will let you come to those on your own. I highly recommend reading and viewing The Road.