The Road (John Hillcoat, 2009)


The Road is a post-apocalyptic film, mainly about a man and his son surviving after an event the audience does not learn about directly. In this world, there are no livestock, no plants, no trees and very few resources left on the planet.  The man (Viggo Mortensen), is first seen living reasonably well, with his presumed wife and unborn son. Once his son has been delivered, the story advances a few years into the future, where resources are even more scarce and life is becoming increasingly challenging.

The mans wife walks out at this point and soon after, the man and his son decide they are going to move from Northern America, to the south, where they believe it will be warmer and easier to survive. On the way, the two face many challenges together and the audience become quite attached to both of the actors. Along the way, they meet a variety of different people also trying to survive and there seems to be a division that the two are aware of. With some of the survivors being the “good guys” and others being the “bad guys”.

After encountering a number of other survivors who appear to be the gruesome “bad guys” who eat other humans in order to survive, the two continue to head south, but the man becomes increasingly paranoid along the way of other survivors.

The Road has both an interesting and powerful plot with good actors and a tense story. This film is worth watching.




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