THE ROAD

★★★

Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker, Charlize Theron
2009 / 111 Minutes / Dimension Films

I’ve seen this twice now, the first time being when it was originally released and I have to say I don’t think it holds up. The Road will not be a three times a lady viewing experience. Normally I love end of the world apocalyptic stuff so I was pretty disappointed.

This is about a man who will do anything to make sure his son survives. I get it. I got it the first time the theme was stated and the 17 other times it was throughout the film. I guess I wish they showed more of the yucky bits of human nature instead of that dumb kid falling over and shouting “Papa!” all the time. (Side note: I have a real problem with children of non-immigrant parents calling their fathers Papa, don’t ask me why).

The ending felt like a complete betrayal of the main character’s motivations for the entire film. When people change I need to see why. You can’t just tell me they do and expect me to believe it. The movie should have made me feel something, some emotion, but I felt nothing.

Grade  C

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