#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – It’s a post-apocalyptic world, several years after whatever the cataclysmic event, which has in turn caused frequent quakes as further potential hazards. The world is gray and getting quickly grayer as more and more things die off. A man and his pre-teen son, who was born after the apocalypse, are currently on the road, their plan to walk to the coast and head south where the man hopes there will be a more hospitable environment in which to live. The man has taught his son that they are the “good people” who have fire in their hearts, which in combination largely means that they will not resort to cannibalism to survive. The man owns a pistol with two bullets remaining, which he will use for murder/suicide of him and his son if he feels that that is a better fate for them than life in the alternative. Food and fuel are for what everyone is looking. The man has taught his son to be suspect of everyone that they may meet, these strangers who, out of desperation, may not only try to steal what they have managed to scavenge for their own survival, but may kill them as food. Although life with his father in this world is all the boy has known, he may come to his own thoughts as to what it means holistically to be one of the good or one of the bad. Meanwhile, the man occasionally has thoughts to happier times with his wife/the boy’s mother before the apocalypse, as well as not as happy times with her after the apocalypse and the reason she is no longer with them.
Plot: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there.
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_**Grey, maudlin post-apocalyptic drama with some horrific thrills**_
After a mass extinction event, a man & his son (Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee) walk from western Pennsylvania to the Southeast coast trying to survive a life-or-death situation in a world without laws as people prey on each other. Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce and Molly Parker show up for small parts.
Based on Cormac McCarthy’s final novel, “The Road” (2009) is similar to “Carriers,” released almost three months earlier. Unlike semi-goofy post-apocalyptic films like the original Mad Max trilogy, “The Road” and “Carriers” are deadly serious from beginning to end with no comic book nonsense. This works in their favor because both films give us a window into what life would be like after a worldwide crisis destroys conventional society.
Each film explores one’s reaction to such a world-ending disaster: Do we forsake all sense of morality in an attempt to survive – lie, steal, forsake and murder – or do we hold on to our moral compass, come what may? Is life worth living if you must become an immoral, wicked savage to survive? Isn’t it better to live with dignity at all costs – fight with nobility and die with dignity when and if we must?
Some denounce both flicks on the grounds that they’re too downbeat and depressing, but wouldn’t a lawless world be a very dire situation? In other words, the downbeat vibe reflects the reality of the story.
However, “Carriers” is the superior of the two by far. “The Road” is tediously one-dimensional and unrelentingly somber. Plus the dynamics of the father & son are boring with the annoying boy almost singlehandedly ruining the movie. They needed to find a girl or a woman to shake things up – anything to dispel the grey monotony.
The film runs 1 hour, 51 minutes, and was shot mostly in western Pennsylvania & West Virginia (the towering bridge), plus Oregon and Spirit Lake near Mount St. Helens, Washington (the log-jammed lake).
The clocks stopped at 1:17
The Road is directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposition) and written by Joe Penhall (Enduring Love). Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by American author Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men), the film stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and his son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
How do you sell such a sombre piece to the film loving public? I’m not sure I personally can, such is the whirly like emotions dominating my thoughts. OK, it’s a grim and bleak film, of that there’s no doubt. Director Hillcoat is not out to make a thrilling end of the world actioner. Staying faithful to McCarthy’s novel, this is now a world where animal & plant life is practically extinct, where this particular part of America is lawless and populated by cannibal types. Humanity has long since left the arena. How we arrived at such desolation is not clear – intentionally so. We are now just witnessing the after effects of something world changing, the fall out personally involving us as we hit the road with man & boy.
Hillcoat and his cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe have painted a clinically dead world from which to tell the story. Scorched soil is home to threadbare trees, the skyline punctured by the wreckage of man’s progress passed, storms come and go as if to taunt the characters. It’s a living hell that begs the question on why would anyone want to survive in it? So here’s the thing that finally hit me like a sledgehammer some five days after watching the film, it’s not just the bleakness of the apocalypse that gnaws away at you, it’s also the expertly portrayed study of parenting. So emotively played by Mortensen, with Smit-McPhee essaying incredible vulnerability, it sinks the heart the longer the movie goes on. All of which is leading up to the ending, where we get something absorbing, revealing and utterly smart.
Tough viewing for sure, but compelling and thought provoking throughout. 8/10
Very important movie …
I just got home from seeing “The Road” and my stomach is still in a knot. I never read the book and therefore won’t be making any comparisons. I’ll simply comment on the film.
I can’t imagine the performances being any better from any of the actors, starting at Viggo and working my way down to the smallest roles. I can’t imagine the bleak post-apocalyptic world being portrayed any more realistically. I can’t imagine the general feeling of sadness, desperation, hopelessness, terror and pain being captured more accurately. If that was the goal, the people involved in the making of this movie did their job magnificently.
Having said that, it isn’t for everyone. I saw this movie alone because I had a feeling my wife wouldn’t be into it. It’s tough to watch. However, in the midst of this recession brought on by greed and materialism, I think it’s a movie that everyone of age SHOULD see in order to put things back into perspective, if only for a day.
I had a lump in my throat through most of the movie and was desperate to get home and hug my two boys through most of it as well. I also felt like downsizing our entire life in terms of the unnecessary “stuff” we have. I imagined how many homeless people wander the streets right now with that feeling of hopelessness and desperation. What more could I ask from a Saturday afternoon at the theater? It’s this kind of movie that helps maintain a degree of integrity in the film industry among the inaneness that surrounds it.
The Road Ahead is Empty, Paved with Miles of the Unknown
There’s a small revival of “it’s the end of the world as we know it” movies going on in the cinema since a couple of years, and that’s a trend I can only encourage! I really love post-apocalyptic movies and lately we had some really great titles like “I Am Legend”, “Nine” and “Doomsday”. The very best of them all, however, appeared to be this faithful adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel. Why? Because it revolves on atmosphere, characters and morality lessons instead of on wild action. “The Road” is actually a very rudimentary and prototypic post-apocalyptic tale. This is how probably everybody always imagines the world to look like after some sort of devastating holocaust event: desolate, unfertile, hostile, depressing and with lethal danger lurking behind every corner. In such a landscape, a father and his son are heading south towards the coast. The father pushes forward a miserable shopping trolley with only a handful of belongings and meanwhile tries to teach his son that they are good guys and that it’s up to them to “uphold the fire inside”. Their long journey is often interfered with the usual cataclysm obstacles, like cannibalistic plunderer gangs, petrified fellow survivors, immense fires and emotionally demolishing flashbacks about their wife and mother who didn’t have the energy to fight.
There are a lot of elements in “The Road” that are exact right and couldn’t possibly be improved. The ambiance, for one, is authentically melancholic and discouraging. This isn’t one of those movies that claim that the remaining holocaust survivors will drive around in flamboyant vehicles and gather in psychopathic cults, like in “Mad Max 2” or “Doomsday”, but actually illustrates that the survivors are the unfortunate ones. Irrevocably linked with the authentic atmosphere are the bleak filming locations and colorless set pieces. I read somewhere that the cast and crew traveled to real-life nature disaster locations, like for example the hurricane Katrina area in New Orleans, to shoot plausible tableaux. The film truly benefices from the realism, and the sight of dying trees and completely abandoned highways alone will leave a permanent impression on you for sure. Last but certainly not least, the acting performances are formidable. Viggo Mortensen once again delivers a truly dedicated and obviously fanatic performance as the father, and he receives astoundingly great support from the young Australian born Kodi Smit-McPhee, who coincidentally also looks exactly like his cinematic mother Charlize Theron. There are also some wondrous brief appearances from great actors like Guy Pearce, Michael K. Williams and particularly veteran Robert Duvall.
Unfortunately, “The Road” isn’t 100% the legitimate masterpiece that I somewhat hoped to have stumbled upon. It is an extremely slow film and honestly could have used a little more speed for its own good. I’m definitely a supporter of tight atmosphere and emphasis on detailed character drawings, but the sequences with the cannibals and the barely living skeletons in the basement felt like they were deliberately unfinished. The flashbacks with Charlize Theron are actually a bit redundant and seemingly just included to evoke more sentimental reactions from the audience. The music, courtesy of Nick Cave, is brilliant but just a tad bit overused and I personally found certain sequences (like the Coca-Cola sequence) to be slightly over-the-top saddening. Minor defaults like this are to blame that “The Road” presumably won’t ever be considered as a classic or even unforgettable.
“The Road” actually reminded me of the obscure mid-70’s Sci-Fi gem “A Boy and his Dog”, only with a son instead of a pet and without the pitch-black and sadistic humor.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 51 min (111 min)
Director John Hillcoat
Writer Joe Penhall, Cormac McCarthy
Actors Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Country United States
Awards 5 wins & 34 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Company 3, New York (NY), USA (video dailies), EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate), Technicolor, New York (NY), USA
Film Length 3,045 m (Sweden), 3,074 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383, Fuji Eterna-CP 3513DI), D-Cinema