Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road is a rough ride. His prize-winning novel is set after an unspecified disaster leaves Planet Earth a big hunk of charcoal. The crazed survivors are left looking for meat—usually of the human variety. Across this blasted landscape, a man and his son head south, dodging cannibals and savoring simple pleasures like a found can of Coke. Where McCarthy took a dismal view of the future, the filmmakers choose to emphasize how their bond represents undying virtues in a dying planet. As the Man, Viggo Mortensen expertly displays humanity hidden beneath a tough shell. The Road may lack the crowd-pleasing stunts of post-apocalyptic fare like I Am Legend, but it’s elemental celebration of what makes us good will stick with audiences a lot longer. A great soundtrack by Nick Cave, too.
Extras: Commentary from director John Hillcoat (The Proposition), deleted/extended scenes, making of featurette.
- By C. Bottomley