Music: Arcade Fire/Elliott Smith/Oasis/Guillemots/Sigur Ros/TV on the Radio/Okkervil River/Belle & Sebastian/The Hold Steady/The Flaming Lips/OLP (pre-Gravity)/Sparklehorse/Grandaddy/The Smashing Pumpkins/The New Pornographers/Stars/The National/The Streets/Wintersleep/Wolf Parade/Why?
In my last year of a 4-year BFA program in Film Production and Screenwriting at York U in Toronto, focusing on editing this year.
Creepy and disturbing, this is easily one of the more intense thrillers I've seen. The paranoia level in the movie is insanely high, as you never can tell exactly who is the thing and who isn't...it has its share of problems including a lack of common sense on the part of some of the characters, but the claustrophic feel of the film more than makes up for this. Oh, and this is easily in the top three nastiest, grossest films I've ever seen, mainly due to the (still today) incredible special effects work. Don't eat while you watch this.
Takes a little bit of time to get going but when it does, it's great. And that's not to say the first part of the movie is not entertaining - cause it manages to build tension slowly and steadily...not as scary as some people might say but it's still one of the scariest films in the last several years. And the horror/thrills don't feel cheap unlike most horror movies these days. Try to avoid the US ending (I saw it in theatres so that's the first ending I saw) as it ends things way too abruptly and randomly whereas the UK/original ending tacks on another minute or so which makes all the difference to the finishing the movie right.
Beautiful film that was unfairly compared to American Beauty, which is a very high benchmark indeed. But all the same, Road moves at just the right pace - taking its time to spin an atmosphere where most other films nowadays would put more of an emphasis on story. Personally, I love it.