Terribly, toe-curlingly sentimental, the dialogue thick with emotional sauce. I quit at about 55 mins, where the boy says a thank-you prayer to the dead people whose food they find. American Family Values in a thin veneer of disaster. Two stars for cinematography, the disillusioned voice-over, and the idea that made me start it. May I recommend "After the Flood" by P.C. Jersild for a good dystopian read...
Atmospheric post-apocalyptic survival movie with a spare, melancholic soundtrack from Nick Cave & Warren Ellis makes this one of the best in it's genre. Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce are almost unrecognizable in small supporting roles but this movie is sold on Viggo Mortensen's performance who is great. It is a very depressing film so it's ending feel almost unrealistic hopeful even when it is sad as hell.
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)
Film post-apocalyptique terrifiant et démoralisant. Il me fut suggéré par un ami ayant la qualité d'être un père de famille : pour lui, ce fut une expérience perturbante et on comprend facilement pourquoi en l'écoutant! On appréciera la dureté du film et son réalisme (même si la cause de l'apocalypse n'est pas claire). Par contre, on peut parfois questionner la cohérence des actions de certains personnages.
By all accounts a thoughtful deeply melancholic look at desperation and loss at the end of the world. The missteps for me were where the film delved into some horror/thriller clichés. I would have liked to spend less time feeling tense and more time exploring the rich pathos of the story.
Un film che non ha nulla di eccezionale, nulla che spicca, ma che per qualche motivo che non so ben spiegarvi, mi è piaciuto un sacco. Sarà per il tema post-apocalittico, sarà che sono un inguaribile fan di Fallout e me lo ricorda, sarà che il protagonista è Aragorn, non lo so, ma mi è piaciuto un sacco.
As expected - bleak, dark and likely to spawn nightmares in no small number. But if you blindly stick your hand down some cold disgusting goo and what small nugget you pull out makes you reach down there for more - then that nugget must be something special. And that's precisely how I felt about the slivers of sweetness and humanity in this scarring film. If you can stomach it, the ordeal might be worth it.
A wonderful piece of story telling in a perfect post-apocalyptic world. The brave lack of context, setting and vitality leads to a tense pathway through life, such as it is. Some hints of allegory but not too much, and some tints of morality lesson but not heavy handed. This movie excels at omitting everything that needs omitting.