Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Road

The Road is a grueling experience to watch. It's based upon the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name.

Set ten years after a disaster has wiped out most life on the planet, it's the story of a man accompanying his son across a post apocalyptic wasteland. The world has turned to dust and ash, and the color scheme of the film reflects that.  If that isn't gloomy enough, we learn that the boy's mother commits suicide because she can't bear raising a son in that grim environment.

The journey consists of one desperate scrabble for food after another, while dodging bands of cannibals hunting prey. One particularly grim scene involves the discovery of a human farm in a cellar - people kept alive and locked up while limbs are hacked off for food.

Eventually, the man dies, but the son finds some sort of partial salvation.

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