Sci Fi Movie Podcast The Road

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This week on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, Jonathan and Rem discuss The Road from 2009 and directed by John Hillcoat.

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Liz Irwin
This is one of those incredibly depressing movies. It was a really well done film but not one I can watch more than once.

Sue Lavictoire
Read the book and saw the movie only years ago and as usual they were different but they were good.

Robert Sedler
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!)

Jordan Bonaparte
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.

Seth Heasley
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.

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Alicia Postigo
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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This week on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, Jonathan and Rem discuss Sunshine from 2007 and directed by Danny Boyle.

 

Listener Feedback 

Jennifer Robertson
I did like this movie, even though it was a bit of a slow burn. I don’t think it is Boyle’s best movie but I did like the casting, especially Cillian Murphy and and Captain America. My biggest problem with the movie is that it uses ideas from sci-fi movies that Boyle loves in a way that makes them feel “copied” rather than “inspired”. When the crew found out the captain of the first mission went all biblical and they all died I thought I was watching Event Horizon. All in all I would call the film a bit of a miss, but I forgive it a lot because I think Danny Boyle put a lot into it. (Except research about how the sun works, apparently!!)

Paul Dudley
Really enjoyed the first two thirds of this movie . However the last third when it turned into a gory slasher type movie put me off .

Ton de Witte
Entertaining movie but the last slasher part could have been left out. Clear inspiration from classic sci fi movies and that makes it a strange mix so the movie lacks its own identity. Not the best sci fi movie but nice enough to watch it.

Doug Ferguson
Sunshine was a rare treat in the theatres; a visual masterpiece. The tone is one of the strongest points of the film, a mix of wonderment and high tension. The third act falters a bit, but it didn’t ruin the movie for me.
Though I am a little sick of the trope of religious people being insane and sabotaging missions in the name of God. It’s too easy and paints a very negative picture of people of faith.

 

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