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The Road

The Road
  • 2009
  • US
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Hillcoat
  • Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce
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In this largely faithful adaptation, Hillcoat and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe have successfully recreated the barren, grey, burnt out landscape described in Cormac McCarthy's text. Mortensen is admirable as the man journeying with his son (Smit-Mcphee) and it's bleak in a way that Hollywood rarely dares to be. Even with an overused voiceover however, this adaptation is at times frustratingly more about the physical rather than existential journey.

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The Road

5 Jan 20104 stars

(15) 111min As far as apocalyptic movies go, this is a lot better than sitting through Armageddon and The Day After Tomorrow. And yet, John Hillcoat’s largely faithful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s text proves unsatisfying. Hillcoat and…

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