The road (2009)

The road” is a film that paints in two hours the nature of the human race. There are numerous shades of black, dark, pitch black, unearthly black, unbearable black and … just black. There are also some dark grey spots, and even less, just grey ones!

Actors are excellent in their performance: the father (Viggo Mortensen), the mother (Charlize Theron), an old guy (Robert Duvall) the father and son meet on the road,  and the young boy playing the son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) was really impressive.

Direction by John Hillcoat is excellent, the scenary is imposing, realism is to the extreme without exageration.

The real question here is: do we want to believe that the human race is the way it is portrayed in that movie? Cormac McCarthy, has another book brought to the cinema, the most known being “No Country for Old Men“, equally dark as the one before . Till now, science is not so advanced to detect the darkness (or brightness) of the human soul and we do not have statistics on such findings. Is it too bad if I believe there is more kindness and gentleness in the human soul than the author of the book on which the film was based? Showing the way things may get better is preferable than showing the misery. Just my two cents.

My rating: 09/10

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