The Road, a moving post-apocalyptic road movie

The Road, a moving post-apocalyptic road movie

It’s been more than ten years since the Earth exploded? with no one remembering anything except for a frightening, blinding flash. At the heart of this nuclear winter, a father and his…

It’s been more than ten years since the Earth exploded? with no one remembering anything except for a frightening, blinding flash. In the heart of this nuclear winter, a father and his son are among the survivors and wander in a new world of ashes, where all vegetation and all food have disappeared. Dragging a supermarket trolley full of miscellaneous objects, they advance on the rutted roads, and head resolutely towards the sea.

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With The road, taken from the eponymous bestseller by Cormac McCarthy, would the post-apocalyptic film genre return to center stage? Since The Planet of the Apes, Green Sun, madmax Where blade runner, it was believed that the theme of the end of the world was on the decline. Yet now it is resurfacing, especially with films such as The Sons of Men by Alfonso Cuaron (2005), 2012 by Roland Emmerich (2009) or, soon, The Book of Eli by the Hughes brothers, starring Denzel Washington (released January 15, 2010). The film The Road follows its own itinerary. Producer Nick Wechler recalls that this moving post-apocalyptic road movie almost never saw the light of day: “ McCarhty’s novel, despite its Pulitzer Prize and theatrical triumph No Country for Old Men taken from another of his books, was so dark and austere that all the studios and some big producers wasted their time wondering if it could be made into a movie. Eventually, we overtook them. After this long pre-production period, Australian director John Hillcoat ended up shooting in around 50 locations chosen based on how devastated they looked. Most of them were unearthed in Pennsylvania, on the shores of Lake Erie, in Louisiana or in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. At least this kind of scenery was needed to make this fable of the end of the world credible. But what makes this odyssey thrilling is also and above all the themes addressed such as survival, honesty or morality? In this the film functions as a mirror of the fears buried in our collective psyche. Hillcoat has also been able to maintain a simplicity of narration and a stripping down worthy of a futuristic tale. Thanks to the raw realism of certain sequences and the visceral authenticity that shines on the big screen, we strongly feel the palpable love that unites a father to his son.

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The road, Anticipation film by John Hillcoat. With Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce. Duration: 1 hour 53 minutes.

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