Sunday, March 28, 2010

the road

the clocks stopped at one seventeen one morning...


a man (viggo motensen) and his son (kodi smit-mcphee) roam carefully through a post-apocalyptic landscape, they are following a road south, attempting to reach the sea. an unknown cataclysm has plunged the world into a state where it is devoid of animal life, vegetation and, almost, human life. those who remain are scavengers or cannibals. the man is dying, but clings on to life, attempting to keep his son alive and safe...

the film looks pretty great, in terms of its depiction of a post-apocalyptic landscape, it's directed by john hillcoat, so there's craft there and mortensen and smit-mcphee do pretty well with what they have. and, in my opinion, that's what is wrong with the film. the source material.

yes, i'm well aware that it won the pulitzer prize for literature, but i can only assume that the quality of writing is simply magnificent, as it surely cannot have won for the content. it is trite in the extreme; a dying father, attempting to maintain the innocence of his son in a dying world, clinging on to the hope that humanity is not dying as well. excuse me whilst i fucking puke my brain out of my eyes.

either that or people who are singing its praises have never, ever, read or seen any story of the struggle for life in the post-apocalyptic world. maybe they're all just jumping on the 'hey man, let's save the world, before, like, you know, it like turns into 'the road' and we're all, like, you know, cannibals and eating babies, because there's no trees left' bandwagon.

i'll end on a positive note, by saying that i'm happy to see that hillcoat and cave are collaborating again. bring on 'death of a ladies' man'...

the dvd is £11.99 from hmv.com

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