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The Road (2009)

January 31, 2010

30. Watch 101 new movies (44/101) (more info)

Rating ***1/2

A few nights ago my husband, best friend, and I went to see The Road (2009). I had been waiting to see this since I finished reading the book in June of this year (find my review of the book here). I guess I should have paid more attention to when it came out because it seems to have been released a few months ago. All of us liked it. Myself and my husband liked it more than Alex.

The film/book tell the story of a man and his son traveling to the coast in a post-apocalyptic United States. We don’t know what happened. We don’t even know their names. The movie did take some liberties and added more of a back story with the wife. This didn’t take away from the book and I think helped keep the movie from being too slow. The movie is very gray and depressing just like the book. They did not shy away from gruesome scenes. The acting was excellent. Viggo Mortensen looks and acts like a starved father holding on to the little faith and hope he has left.

Overall the movie is slow moving (which I expected). Don’t expect a ton of action. However, be prepared to feel tense and depressed and possibly tear up. The ending is just like the book, which some found to be extremely anti-climatic almost to the point of not really having “an ending”. I would highly recommend this movie if you loved the book, otherwise I’d say watch it at home when it comes out on DVD.

The trailer includes a version of my favorite quote from the book : When your dreams are of some world that never was or of some world that never will be and you are happy again then you will have given up.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2010 1:35 pm

    Wow you have been busy after not posting recently. I loved this film. I haven’t got around to reading the book yet but think I will. If you haven’t already you should check out the directors (John Hillcoat) previous movie The Proposition. It is a bit grim at times but absolutely brilliant. It was written by Nick Cave who composed the score for it and The Road.

    • taraSG permalink
      March 2, 2010 8:50 pm

      I’ve put this blog on the back-burner for a while with the excuse of being busy with work (which I have been!) and putting a lot of time into my book blog (which isn’t a good excuse).

      I have not heard of the Proposition, but I’ll be sure to check it out! Thanks!

  2. February 10, 2010 3:54 pm

    hey gurl hey! I hope all is well with you! I’ve read this book and it was great (super sad) but great nontheless….also part of the movie was filmed in good old Erie Penna…I guess Presque Isle is great for filming post apocolyptic films!!!!!!

    • taraSG permalink
      March 2, 2010 8:51 pm

      Hey!! How are you?

      The book is great and the movie wasn’t terrible (they are never as good!). I can’t say it makes me want to visit Presque Isle lol :)

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