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3,735 Ratings

The Road

Directed by John Hillcoat
United States, 2009
Sci-Fi, Drama


Based on Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel is this epic post-apocalyptic tale about the unflagging love between a father and his young son who journey across a barren landscape that was blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed civilization and most life on earth.

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The Road Directed by John Hillcoat

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  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Road

    Reminded me of Road to Perdition. Another desolate father/son story that does everything right, but still comes up short. As beautifully executed as the film is - in particular the way Hillcoat and his editors weave full colour memories of happier times into the rust-tinged ruin of the central post-apocalyptic drama - the plodding narrative and unchanging landscape eventually becomes numbing.

  • Miggy Angel's rating of the film The Road

    disliked this probably for all the reasons i dislike most mainstream/us/hollywood/etc cinema- wonderful premise: the end of civilisation. ruined by the need to provide persistent 'narrative tensions' etc as if the end of civilisation isnt dramatic enough we need some soap opera subplots etc- the end of the world but also the end of existentialism. how about The End Of Emoting In Movies? ok i'm rambling now goodbye...

  • Marcus Killerby's rating of the film The Road

    Endings like this always really really irk me. It was the same way with Blue Velvet and Taxi Driver. The endings don't fit in with the feel of the rest of the film. Very jarringly happy compared to rest and it makes me want to yell "come on!" at the screen, as if the film doesn't have the strength of its convictions. And then I think about it some more and realise that maybe it's the bleakest scene in the film.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film The Road

    One of the best mainstream movies I've seen this year so far. John Hillcoat manages to create a post-apocalyptic world with verve. Theron, Duvall and Mortensen are mind-blowing. Masterpiece. Yes.

  • Garçon Manqué's rating of the film The Road

    Scariest thing a human can imagine. During the closing credits, we can hear birds singing/people chattering in the distance,coming from where?maybe we're just remembering the sounds of the "old" world. Even though dreaming of a better world seems impossible from where the film has left us,hearing those sounds gives a heavyhearted hope. (family's sad-eyed dog <3)

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film The Road

    Really strong pictures of a devastated world - and an acceptable storyline with some logical gaps. (Especially the ending is a bit unsatisfactory.) After watching the film for a second time I found it a lot stronger.

  • J. O.'s rating of the film The Road

    Ultra-realistic depiction of the end of humanity. A slow, harrowing journey through the final moments between a father and son during what seems to be the final moments of Earth. Technically, the film is incredibly well done. But it is emotionally that it is most triumphant. Deeply moving and tender without losing its bleak, nihilistic commentary on humanity.

  • spartacula's rating of the film The Road

    i read the book long ago and recall not enjoying the manner it was written in... it was definately one of the better-film-than-book conversions... the cimematography was truely erie and the settings and wardrobe were authentic as hell... this is why i wouldn't want to survive a catastrophy of this magnitude... i'll be one of the first to run outside and inhale as deeply as i can!

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