Excerpt: Opening with a trio of teens whose car wanders into an infinite cul-de-sac, Yam Laranas’ languorous creeper The Road spends most of its time going in circles, working and reworking a small set of potent images. Some verge on the absurd, like the driverless car that passes by the increasingly agitated teenagers, while others, like a bloody body with its face obscured by plastic sheeting, come from the territory where slasher movies meet the supernatural.
Excerpt: Had I gone through life never having seen a movie in which a dad and his son wrap themselves up in filthy Timberland outerwear and wander aimlessly around fire-ravaged back country meant to resemble a post-apocalyptic America, occasionally stumbling into entire families swinging by their necks from barn rafters and hungry bands of cannibals who eye the younger of the two as if he were a delicious turkey drumstick, I think I would have been OK.
Excerpt: [Editor's Note: We featured a capsule review of The Road during our TIFF coverage. What follows is a more extensive review -- and second opinion -- from staff critic Michelle Orange.] Offering a sort of antidote to 2012 's decadently catastrophic version of the world's end, which seems to stop just short of shooting confetti out of Christ the Redeemer as he tumbles into the sea, The Road positions itself as an apocalypse for the thinking masochist.
Excerpt: The Film The mere concept of post-apocalyptic film brings to mind a gritty world of bandits, struggles in day-to-day survival and colorful characters ala The Road Warrior and The Postman . Alas, compared to this story, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, those previous apocalyptic outings are something of a true paradise. The Road instead is set in an even bleaker world, and the film's main character is anything but a warrior.
Excerpt: Even with the world on its last legs, humanity nearly extinct due an unspecified disaster, watching a father teach his son how to kill himself is almost too much to bear. The world is gray, earthquakes are common, and nearly all animal life has expired. Despite all of that, despite the billions likely dead across the globe, this single father and son story still holds weight.
Conclusion: Although 'The Road' doesn't capture the literary genius of the book it's based on, the film is well-made and dramatically interesting enough to be worth at least a rental. Unfortunately, the Blu-ray is nothing special in terms of video quality or supplements.
Excerpt: An all-star cast are featured in this epic post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father and his young son as they journey across a barren America that was destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm. A masterpiece adventure, "The Road" boldly imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of - a future in which a father and his son are sustained by love.
Conclusion: Raw, remarkably bold and explicit, British director Andrea Arnold's debut feature film, Red Road , is not to be missed. The film is the first installment in a trilogy inspired by Lars Von Trier's "Advance Party" concept. The Blu-ray disc herein reviewed, courtesy of British distributors Verve Pictures, looks and sounds very good. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: Based on the well-known Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name The Road takes Viggo Mortensen, drops him in hell, and lets him wander around for a couple of hours. What’s surprising about The Road is how little actually happens. The film is an examination of what life might be like after a civilization ending apocalypse, and if you’ve seen I Am Legend or Zombieland you’re probably expecting CGI monsters, heavy weaponry, sassy one-liners, and wild car chases.
Summary: Oppressively, but appropriately, bleak adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's end-of-the-world novel about a father and son wandering a post-apocalyptic landscape. Points for strong performances from the two leads and the film's unyielding view of the end of days.