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THE ROAD

 
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At Theaters: 11/25/2009 On Video: 5/25/2010
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 59 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 549916
Studio: Weinstein Co.
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The epic post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father and his young son across a barren landscape that was blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed civilization and most life on earth.
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Drama Sci-Fi Thriller - This is a very slow and very dark science fiction drama. This is basically a two-character piece for Viggo Mortensen and young Kodi Smit-McPhee, with all other actors such as Charlize Theron and Robert Duvall only showing up briefly. Those looking for action won't find it here. Violence, language, and dark subject matter make the film inappropriate for kids.
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Charlize Theron THE BURNING PLAIN, HANCOCK, SLEEPWALKING
Viggo Mortensen APPALOOSA, EASTERN PROMISES, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Robert Duvall FOUR CHRISTMASES, WE OWN THE NIGHT, LUCKY YOU
Guy Pearce THE HURT LOCKER, BEDTIME STORIES, TRAITOR
Director: John Hillcoat
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About The Production
About The Physical Production
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PROFANITY: 2 F-words, 4 S-words, 2 GD's, a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting non-sexual nudity.
VIOLENCE: Hits and shootings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Some chases.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good movie The Road is nowhere close to its literary sire, but it's probably the best one could hope for from a movie version.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good The external events of the novel have been boldly solved, and this is an awesome production.

USA Today Full Review
Very Good The film is beautifully shot, with an evocative score that offsets the stark terrain...While the film is not as resonant as the novel, it is an honorable adaptation...

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
It is more than ten years since the world was destroyed-by what, nobody can say. It could have been a nuclear event, or the collision of the Earth with another cosmic entity. Or the sun may have imploded and taken out the planet as collateral damage to its own flameout. One day there was a big flash of light, and then nothing. The result of this cataclysmic event, whatever it was, is that there is no energy, no power, no vegetation, no food. Millions of people have been eradicated, destroyed by fires and floods or scorched and incinerated in their cars where they sat when the event hit or suffocated by starvation and despair in civilization's slow death after the power went out.

The Man (Viggo Mortensen) and The Boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) - "each the other's world entire," as McCarthy describes them in his novel - are on the move with all their precious possessions—whatever food and clothing they can scrounge, utensils and tools, plastic bags, tarps, blankets and anything else to keep warm in the frigid, sunless, ash-filled outdoors—on their backs and in a shopping cart outfitted with a bicycle mirror so they can see who's coming up behind them. Their desperate, improvised traveling gear and their scruffy unwashed bodies give them the look of the homeless. And that is what they are. That's what everybody is in this lifeless frontier.

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