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The Road

The Road (2009)

November. 25,2009
| Adventure Drama

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there.


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This has to be one of the worst films I've ever seen. The entire film up until the last few minutes portrays a horrible post-apocalyptic nuclear winter where all animals have died, no crops will grow, food has run out and the few people left hunt each other for food. The ending of this film cannot be described as anything other than ridiculous and stupid. Spoiler: At the end, the father dies and the boy, almost immediately afterwards, finds a kind family of four with a dog who take him in. No explanation of how the family feeds itself while the rest of the world is eating each other. And a dog? Seriously? Cannibalism everywhere, but this family can feed itself and a dog. How? It's just a totally stupid ending that makes no sense in the broader context of the film.


The Road, a CinEuphoria Awards best cinematography winner, is about a man and his son who struggle to survive in a post apocalyptic setting. They run into many challenges including getting over the loss of the mother, finding food, and finding the mental strength to do what is necessary in order to survive, most importantly the mental strength to kill someone. At the end of the story the son if faced with the decision to go with another family, which he questions because his father said not to trust anyone, and he had the other option to stay on the beach with his father. Unique elements to this film include the different cinematic techniques used by the filmmaker. This includes the dark and sad colors present in the film as well as the filmmakers strategic angles to show the destroyed world. Personally the film was entertaining but probably not something I would watch again. It is not one of those movies you can watch over and over again. I also like movies with more happier moments, but there were not that many in this film, mostly bad things that would happen. I suggest for the viewer to read the book first so they can develop their own thought on what the characters look like then get the surprise of what they actually look like. The book does a good job describing the characters but I think when reading a book before watching a film the way you perceive the characters is always a little different then how they actually look. Personally I would recommend this film to anyone who likes post apocalyptic movie settings, thrilling moments, and emotional moments, some positive but mostly negative.


Typical people trying to survive an apocolypse. However, the young boy, who was raised AFTER the apocolypse has occurred is magically oblivious to reality unfolding around him, making absolutely every circumstance worse. How the father didnt leave him for dead earlier on is beyong me.


Amazing film, I didn't give this film a 10 because of the ending, which was good, but It wasn't what I was expecting for a film as grim as this one.Perfect portrait of the society downfall in a post-apocalyptic situation. You don't know how all ended so messed up and you don't care, you are here to see the consequences.A father and his boy are traveling south in America, they must avoid contact with anyone, since that everyone is trying to survive, that means throwing away the little human decency that you could have left.Earth is now hell, a place where other humans are just flesh to be consumed.