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November 29th, 2009 under Reviews


The Road is an extraordinary movie with brilliant acting. The movie stars Viggo Mortensen who is trying to get him and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as far south as they can go after the world is mysteriously destroyed. About 7 years earlier, Viggo and his pregnant wife (Charlize Theron) were home when a warning told something was going to happen. What happened we don’t know, but flashing forward seven years most of the world is dead and the few survivors are doing whatever they can do to live another day. When I say the word is dead, the temperature is freezing everywhere, there are no animals left and trees are falling down because they is nothing keeping them alive. Viggo and his family have run out of supplies and they need to move on to survive, so Charlize tells them to go as far south as they can and they venture out into a world that their son has never seen. They walk aimlessly hiding from the unknown survivors who are doing whatever it takes to live and eat what they can. As they walk we see what is left of cities, homes and malls that have been ravaged by what happened and those who were already there trying to find what they can. There is a really cute scene when they go into a mall and Viggo finds a lone coke in a soda machine and he gives it to his son. His son has never had one before and to watch him experience it for the first time (with burps and all) was just amazing to watch. In a time when the world has gone mad, Viggo tries to teach his son right and does whatever he can to protect him. They encounter many people on their path and some evil beats out good, and sometimes it is the other way around. The innocence of a child in a time where no innocence is left. Will they be able to make it all the way to end? You will have to see the movie to find out, but it is much more than trying to make it to a location…it is about making it in a time when barely anyone has.
The Road is an amazing movie that makes you wonder what you would do if you survived the unsurvivable. Would you be good or give in to our animalistic needs? And how would your perception change if you a had young one to protect?
I can see Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee traveling down another road…the road to the Oscars because both of them were just marvelous in this movie and you feel like you are an observer feeling everything they went through. The Road is also a beautiful movie even though everything is destroyed, they way they built what the apocalyptic world would look like is something you can’t take your eyes off of.
If you are looking for a movie that will really make you think, The Road that is out now is a must see.

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