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After a global cataclysm has caused an extinction event, an ailing father defends his son as they wander through the post-apocalyptic world, trying to keep the dream of civilization alive and avoid roving gangs of savage humans who will turn them into slaves, or worse.
Hillcoat certainly provides the requisite seriousness, but what the movie lacks is an underlying sense of innocence, a sense that, however far humanity has sunk, there is at least some chance of rising again.
December 02, 2009
Film Comment Magazine
A remarkable, haunting picture worth multiple viewings.
The Road is a highly emotional, involving, palm-sweatingly tense movie that will scar you for life if you let it. Exhausting to watch but oddly exhilirating to experience, it's a film you'll watch once but will never forget.
In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true.
November 29, 2009
Hillcoat's movie is a resounding triumph. Stunning landscape photography sets the melancholy mood, and Nick Cave's wrenching score reinforces it. But it is the performances that ultimately hold the film together.