Hosted by Remi Lavictoire and Jonathan Colbon
This week on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, Jonathan and Rem discuss The Road from 2009 and directed by John Hillcoat.
This is one of those incredibly depressing movies. It was a really well done film but not one I can watch more than once.
Read the book and saw the movie only years ago and as usual they were different but they were good.
The Road is one of the best post-apocalyptic films to come out of a genre that’s had its fair share of both highs and lows. Bleak, colorless, and unforgiving, the raw landscape of the world is all too believable. Add some fantastic acting performances into the mix and you have essential Sci–Fi viewing. (Great Podcast, guys, keep up the good work!)
A dark and painful movie/book to watch/read, as a father I find some beauty in the relationship between the main characters, but as a human living amongst other humans I find the story and setting very believable, and that’s scary as hell. I would say this is a much watch for anyone into dystopian fiction… Beautifully tragic.
Love it, but don’t really want to watch it again. Being a father, this hits really close to home.
Josh Adams (from the ‘I Hate Critics’ Podcast)
For all of the critical talk about despair, drab colors, and lack of life in The Road, I found quite a bit to hold onto. Viggo Mortensen’s performance as the father, doing everything he can to maintain some semblance of reality for his child, is completely unheralded. Maybe it’s his gaunt frame, maybe it’s his piercing visage, but I found a new depth to him as an actor that Eastern Promises and Lord of the Rings had previously not roused in me. I found myself in his shoes, feeling the tension the entire film, waiting for something awful to happen to him or his son. That tension and the bleak nature of the world around them lent more power to the few glimpses of joy the film gives them. When you consider the post-apocalyptic genre, substance usually sits in the far back with respect to style. Director John Hillcoat crafted a substantive film from Cormac McCarthy’s novel that I felt a part of, bleak or not. It is a film that I felt was far more what our current world would produce than The Walking Dead or something similar. I hate to speak of this feeling as something only I own, but the father-son dynamic between Mortensen and Smit-McPhee is, I feel, an excellent representation of all the feelings all fathers have for their sons. The need to protect, the need to teach, the need to pass on. Those ‘survivalist’ feelings, to me, run parallel to the way our world has always been, and the film seems to understand that. Ergo, as the father and the son go, so does the world. It’s not a feeling exclusive to parents, or fathers for that matter, but it’s certainly something I feel strongly about, and something that seems to be instinctive. I love this film, and I feel very strongly that it is an unheralded, subtle masterpiece.
Hey guys! First, I love your show. Second, I enjoyed this this movie very much – of course I love Viggo Mortensen so I’m not very objective. The movie is very touching. I was surprised when I first saw it because I don’t usually dig post-apocalyptic movies, but the father-son relationship got me. My favorite quote is “You carry the fire [What fire?] The one inside you.”
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