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The Road Reviews

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August 20, 2017
A riveting survival story with so many meaningful scenes. Truly a great film!
August 18, 2017
Wow!! Purely Fantastic!! Viggo Mortensen is at his pure BEST!! PERIOD!!
August 3, 2017
A grim take on the post-apocolyptic theme. A film of grey depression is brought to life by a brilliant performance by Viggo Mortenson. Tough going but rewarding in equal measure.
July 23, 2017
Bleak and rather depressing!
July 14, 2017
Long, but enjoyed it!
½ July 2, 2017
A boy and a father walk toward the ocean for absolutely no reason and meet several characters completely irrelevant to the plot. The end.
½ June 23, 2017
I feel that this is a movie that would have benefited greatly from the omission of a score - the bleak tenor of the book is destroyed by the constant use of unnecessary music which breaks up the endless monotony of the main characters' lives. It's a dead, silent world and should have remained as such. Though much of the action is true to the original story, there was a feeling that the "action scenes", which were fewer and farther between in the book, were intertwined and overlapped...which might have heightened the individual scenes, but it also foreshortened the story by jamming everything together. Much of the book is a plodding tale of survival, interspersed with brief flashbacks of a better time (even when it was going downhill) and harrowing near-death encounters with other survivors, which felt far more bleak and realistic than the movie.

All that being said, I do feel that Viggo Mortensen does a phenomenal job in the role of the Man and that it stayed truer to the original story than most film versions of books that I've seen.
June 22, 2017
This film has no flaws; it is well acted, paced, scored, and written. It's flawlessness for me is unfortunately its downfall, as the tale is so utterly depressing and grim that its accurate portrayal only makes it all the more unsettling.
½ June 18, 2017
Puntaje Original: 7.0

La tonalidad y la calidad de producción en The Road son majestuosamente comparables con la interpretación de Viggo Mortensen. Una obra maestra que explora inteligentemente las mas viscerales emociones humanes que por momentos se puede percibir un ligero desvío de demasiada emocionalidad, pero nada que afecte al desarrollo de este film.
½ June 15, 2017
Seriously dour, depressing movie. Some great performances and transformations from the two leads, with a haunting score to make it even more nihilistic. But there is a sliver of hope to be had in this post apocalyptic survival film.
May 18, 2017
A fantastic and very brave film. It's not hollywood by any stretch and that's what makes it so great. An emotional, draining, ambitious and humbeling movie experiance. John Hillcoat is one of the best American film makers today. Cant wait for his next film. See this triumph!
½ May 11, 2017
Javier Aguirresarobe and John Hillcoat's interpretation of The Road is a largely successful portrayal of the ideas and emotions Cormac McCarthy packed into his novel. The Road depicts the post-apocalyptic United States that has been decimated by some catastrophe. This film immediately launches the audience into this grim future. The visuals of this film certainly fit the novel with endless scenes of the frigid, gray wasteland. Luckily these depressing colors are supplemented with brief glimpses of the bright, multi-chromatic past. These scenes serve two clever purposes: giving a break to the audience from the current landscape and to remind the audience just how bad the situation for our protagonists is. A strong point for this film lies within its sets. From the underground bunkers to the ruined colonial houses, the film features plenty of set pieces that show the vestiges of the old world. The casting for this film is average. The characters aren't particularly compelling but they serve their purpose. Both the boy and the man display the emotions necessary to convey the delicate balance between morality and survival. The other characters littered throughout the film are mostly uninteresting. The merit for these characters is found in the interactions these individuals have with the man and the boy. Overall the film does a great job of taking the scenes that Cormac McCarthy stresses in the novel and bringing them to life on screen.
½ May 9, 2017
Sad, emotional, powerful and heartbreaking tale of the end of the world.
½ April 2, 2017
What an ugly movie. Man is a wolf for man in the proper sense since human beings become cannibalistic. If I admit to like the denunciation of capitalistic greed (the canibalism) the film seems to regret the society in which we live (the world before the apocalipse and the family-cliche at the end with the father, the mother, the children and the dog like in all capitalistic American commericals). While we can wonder if it was really the golden age that is depicted in the film ... Moreover, why in a film that seems to want to transmit "values" Are the canibales unpunished? On the other hand, the black villain who steals (normal since he is black ...) is punished for theft, whereas he had no other choice to eat, and it is presented as normal and just but the canibals remain unpunished! Morality: Let's continue to plunder Africa (the black guy is stripped of his clothes and has only his eyes to cry), they will let themselves be extorted while whimpering but the capitalists will continue. That's how it happens in reality, the film has the merit of showing this, but if it has the values ??to convey it is seriously lacking.
March 17, 2017
Long and drawn out with no ending
March 10, 2017
A bleak movie with fine acting that's really more of a character study as there's not a great deal of story driving it anywhere specific.

For me it's a "once only" watch as there's little to bring me back to want to watch it again. It's well made but could have benefited from an occasional change of tone and a more engaging story arc.
½ March 6, 2017
So realistic it's boring. I'd rather suspend disbelief anyday than watch such a chore.
March 5, 2017
Very good movie...post apocolyptic movies are hit or miss...this one was well made and well acted.
½ March 5, 2017
Not bad but could of been better
February 27, 2017
By far the most vivid picture of hopelessness and despair I've ever seen!
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