The Road

Based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy                                                                                                                                          MPAA Rating:R for some violence, disturbing images and language                                                                                                   Staring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Micheal Kenneth Williams, Guy Pearce and Molly Parker

Here is a story of a man ( Viggo Mortensen) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) traveling a road from their home south east and to the coast in search of something better. Literary you find a man and his son walking looking for warmer weather and food in a post-apocalyptic landscape. There is no mention of what has caused this world to be in the condition it is in you only know that life for just about everything is coming to an end nothing grows and food is extremely scarce. This road is filled with cannibals traveling in bands, desolation, starvation, endless forests of barren trees, snow littered with ash and blood a landscape from which no good you could conjure would erupt.

The man is plagued with dreams of his late wife (Charlize Theron) intimate moments and discussions on suicide and the murder of their son in order to spare them from rape and cannibalism. The man is also of the understanding that he is dying and needs to impart knowledge of survival while somewhat fighting his son who is noticing his dads actions are starting to look like those of the “bad guys.”

There is an extremely haunting scene where the man shows his son what to do if the need arises to commit suicide and he puts a loaded gun in his mouth with the hammer cocked which rightfully makes the boy uneasy and cry for him to stop. Yet in spite of all of this you have a man who wants nothing else but to keep and protect his son from all the evils in this world in which they travel. You can already see the metaphor evolving in these words I am writing but it took some reflection on my part at the end of the movie to unravel this enigma and find a purpose to what initially appears to be desolation and the end of humanity. Robert Duvall and Micheal Kenneth Williams are encountered on this road and Guy Pearce and Molly Parker make an appearance at the end of the movie.

Now the hard part, would I recommend this movie? Visually it is stunning and disturbing it conveys some very uncomfortable material in a very artistic and depressing manner and is definitely not for the weak of heart. This movie reminded me of “Requiem for a Dream” I liked it, I am glad I saw it, but I do not think I would like to watch it again.

My Rating: A