Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Two bullets and a shopping cart....
So I was finally able to see The Road and it was worth the wait. I don't want to spoil the film by giving away too much but we highly recommend it. Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic tail of man and boy vs.cannibals vs.dying world with only a pistol, two bullets and a shopping cart make for interesting theater. But you can really say that the film is mostly about the nature of the bond between father and son rather than just a post-apocalyptic action flick. This film has much more depth than that and is more of a social/environmental commentary.
In terms of the acting, Viggo Mortensen's performance shouldn't be ignored come Oscar time. After reading the book, I couldn't imagine anyone else playing the father. Also, the post-apocalyptic landscape shot by Javier Aguirresarobe (shot in location around Pittsburgh,New Orleans, and Mount St.Helens ) is both strangely beautiful and frightening. Director John Hillcoat who directed the Proposition, brings the same surreal landscapes and slow paced story telling to the Road which seems to be missing from films nowadays. Go see this film if you want a reprieve from 2012 and New Moon.