The Road (2009) Review


The Road (2009) Movie Review 

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“The feeling of complete depression isn’t a theme that presents itself lightly in ‘The Road’ (2009)”

From the outset, Direction for long holding cuts, sad music and slow panning angles is a major theme to be utilised through the movie. Director, John Hillcoat creates an un escapable, immersive environment where the viewer is taken for the wildest journey; alongside the protagonist characters. The father, played by Viggo Mortensen and the vulnerable Boy, by Kodi Smit-McPhee add to ‘The Roads’ realistic presence with their believable raw acting style.

For somebody who isn’t the greatest fan of Sci-Fi fiction, ‘The Road’ was an emotional roller-coaster ride that was deeply thought provoking; forcing the image of life after an apocalyptic disaster to be deeply ironed into my mind. The movie, isn’t just a thrilling adventure but a complete experience that brings the distant feared image of a Dystopian world into existence. Minimal usage of background music helps to create a fully immersive setting; with the shocking images of Dystopian living being your only attention. But during times of emotional unrest, distressing actions and heart thumping thriller moments the classical music composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis only improves the viewer’s empathetic feelings towards the characters struggling to survive in the destroyed planet Earth.

But ‘The Road’ isn’t just about a couple of men trying to stay alive. Besides, what’s a Hollywood blockbuster movie without elements of heightened Drama and Romance?

Cormac McCarthy’s written novel titled ‘The Road’ from 2006 in conjunction with the screen play by Joe Penhall brings the viewer a versatile movie offering a fusion of styles and genres. Heated arguments and disagreements entail between the female character, played by Charlize Theron and the lead male role, giving the viewer a sense of the Drama Genre. These scenes were able to remove the viewer outside of the monotonous survival scenes and to shift thoughts onto the emotional impact of such a tragic situation occurring. The slow breakup to the relationship adds to the viewer’s empathy and creates a more structured movie.

However, parts of the movie felt interminable and holding attention through the course of the film was difficult. I felt that the prolonged scenes wasted precious viewing time and was a cause for the built up feelings of tension, empathy and sorrow to fade away. ‘The Road’ also ended suddenly; spoiling the saddened emotions of the viewer created through the tear provoking death of the father minutes before.

As an entire piece of cinema, The Road (2009) was enough to make your stomach churn, bite your nails and even feel an emotional connection during certain moments of the film. The slow pacing of the editing ensured the viewer to experience strong feelings throughout and the film score added to the creation of an unforgettable moment of cinema.

Written By Cameron Savage 


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