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The Road (2012)

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The Road tells the story of a twelve-year-old cold case that is reopened when three teenagers vanish while traversing an infamous and abandoned road. As investigators try to find leads to the whereabouts of the missing teens, they also unearth the road's gruesome past that spans two decades - a history of abduction, crimes and murders. -- (C) Freestyle

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Cast

Marvin Agustin
as Boy's Father
Rhian Ramos
as Ate Lara
Lloyd Samartino
as Ella's Father
Jaclyn Jose
as Sisters' Mom
Dex Quindoza
as Mailman
Ana Abad Santos
as Janine's Mother
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9)

If it's patchy and derivative it also has a compelling, soapy undertow that kept me watching.

May 11, 2012 | Full Review…
Salon.com
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[Laranas] delivers a maximum of suspense and horror, working wonders with a small budget.

May 11, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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This philosophical film helps elevate the film above the usual scared-teenager shocker although, sometimes, the film ignores the bread-and-butter demands of the genre.

May 11, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Newark Star-Ledger
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The film's three-pronged narrative does a fair job of laying a spooky groundwork for the revelatory emotional sadism that lies behind most acts of evil; it just takes a bit of clunky exposition to get there.

May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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A powerfully atmospheric blend of ghostly encounters, horrific situations and missing-persons mysteries from the Philippine director Yam Laranas.

May 10, 2012 | Rating: 4/5
New York Times
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This low-budget shocker eventually pays off, displaying just enough narrative ingenuity to compensate for a cinematically crude and logistically sketchy deployment of the requisite blood-and-guts mayhem.

May 10, 2012 | Full Review…
Variety
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Audience Reviews for The Road

This film's main problem is that it is about 20 minutes too long. I could also point toward its predictability and it being derivative of other films as flaws, but I'm not going to because I thought that the movie, even with this, did a good job at telling an effective story, well as effective as a horror film can be, while at the same time managing to do a lot with its, seemingly, low budget. Visually the movie does some very cool stuff and it gets the atmosphere just right, there are some tense moments throughout the film. The problem lies in the fact that the movie is simply too long. The first part of the movie, the film is divided into 3 parts, simply takes forever to get to the point. I understand it was probably done to build suspense, but was it really necessary to have the 3 characters driving in the middle of a dark road for 20 minutes without anything happening. In a way it does build up suspense adequately, but I think you could've gotten to the point in 10 minutes and the movie would've been even better. And the other parts of the movie have moments like these, where you could've simply cut it out altogether to the benefit of the film. But I did like the story, it did a good job at making you, not necessarily empathize, but understand how a person can become a psychopath. Really at its core, the film is more character driven than you would originally think. It still has some good and scary scenes but at its core the film is about what exactly makes get to a point where they become insane and do horrid things to other human beings. So I liked that they, sneakily, had a story to tell and it wasn't all about the horror. So while not without its flaws, I certainly enjoyed this film a lot. It's not perfect but it's still quite a good film.

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