Sunday, June 6, 2010
Directed by John Hillcoat
Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Garret Dillahunt, Guy Pearce
The Road takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where a father and his son try their best to survive the desolate and dangerous landscape that has survived. The Road must be the toughest film to watch since Michael Haneke's Funny Games because there is no hope. And what little hope comes, it's swiftly taken away.
The world where they travel is dirty, depressing and unforgiving. Most of the people still alive have turned to cannibalism because the crops and animals have died long ago which obviously makes survival harder for the rest, not only in terms of the physical threat, but also the psychological.. would you even want to endure in a world like that? Is the constant struggle for survival enough to keep one going? All the characters in The Road are nameless. Mortensen portrays The Father, Smit-McPhee The Son and Robert Duvall plays Old Man.
Mortensen has said that he was considering retiring from acting at the point this script arrived and that it was the thing that changed his mind. Looking back on the end result, it's easy to see why. The Road is not an easy film to watch, but it is rewarding.
The Road on aidosti synkin post-apokalyptinen filmi, joka on tullut ulos moneen vuoteen. Aito epätoivo ja masennus seuraavat keskeisiä hahmoja kaikkialle ja vaikkei The Road olekaan kevyttä viihdettä ja siten helppo elokuva katsoa, niin se on palkitseva.