The Road

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2009

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Director:
John Hillcoat
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
The Road is a 2009 drama film based on the post-apocalyptic novel by Cormac McCarthy. In an unforgiving landscape, every survivor is out for himself and every stranger could be an enemy. A careworn father (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) travel together, facing each day as if it could be their last. The father is fiercely protective of his son and resolves to stay alive, even though the world has been torn apart by a horrific cataclysm. The two have to worry about finding enough to eat and drink, as well as avoiding the dangers of wild animals or savage humans who have abandoned all morals in order to survive. The father still mourns for his lost wife (Charlize Theron), although he tries to put a brave face on for his son. As they travel across the grim countryside, searching for some kind of peace and shelter, the man and the boy have to constantly test their own ethics and their own limitations.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Engrossing and at times impressive, a pretty good movie that is disappointing to the extent that it could have been great. Is this the way the world ends? With polite applause?

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The Road is a road you'll wish hadn't been taken. Not because anything's been badly done, but because there's a serious imbalance in the complicated equation between what the film ...

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Except for the physical aspects of this bleak odyssey by a father and son through a post-apocalyptic landscape, this long-delayed production falls dispiritingly short on every front.

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    post apocalyptic, fight for survival, father and son, life vs. death, Thrillers