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Running Time:
1 hour, 59 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some violence, disturbing images and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A relentlessly grim, bleak and depressing drama, only saved by its hauntingly powerful performance by Viggo Mortensen.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Director's Commentary; Deleted and Extended Scenes; The Making Of The Road.

Viggo Mortensen ... Man
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Boy
Robert Duvall ... Old Man
Guy Pearce ... Veteran
Molly Parker ... Motherly Woman
Michael K. Williams ... The Thief
Charlize Theron ... The Wife

The Road
Video/DVD. Title: The Road Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises") plays a father, whose name we never know. Walking somewhere along a desolate road in post-apocalyptic America along with his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee "Stranded"), a boy born shortly after the vague, world ending disaster which is never explained. It's clear that there is no food, and few survivors, and the great fear of the few isolated men that have been spared is cannibalism. Many of the survivors have committed suicide and there are corpses are all around the grim, gray landscape. The man and his young son stagger along the endless road heading south because the weather where they are now will not be survivable in the weeks ahead and they believe that it may at least be slightly warmer where they are headed.

Along the endless road they encounter few people. And the ones they do see may want to eat them. And so they stumble onward in a quiet, dreary way where the man's health begins to fail, and keeping his son alive is his only reason to keep going. Viggo Mortensen gives an unforgettable performance and the anguish in his ever weakening heart is reflected as he trudges along with his son, remembering his wife (Charlize Theron "Monster") as he trudges ever onward wishing for release but afraid to die and leave his son alone. Some of the people they run into include a wise old man (Robert Duvall "The Godfather II"), a veteran (Guy Pearce "Memento") who befriends the boy, a thief (Michael K. Williams "Miracle at St. Anna") who tries to ransack their things and a motherly woman (Molly Parker "The Wicker Man") who turns up near the end offering a the boy a dose of much needed warmth.

Flashback scenes of earlier times are meant to provide a relief from the desolation of the rest of the movie, but they arenít bright enough or long enough to help much. Director John
Hillcoat ("The Proposition"), based his film on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Cormac McCarthy, but, it moves along from scene to scene in almost random fashion without any sense of pacing or drama. Itís relentlessly grim, bleak and depressing and you will find little that's compelling in The Road, except for its hauntingly powerful performance by Viggo Mortensen.

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