The Road (Fall Film Preview, Pt. 2)

Jason Singer
Mar 23, 2010

Although it earned widespread critical acclaim when it hit theaters in 2007, many viewers found "No Country for Old Men," that year's Best Picture winner, too bleak and too depressing to be enjoyable.

If you were one of those viewers, stay away from "The Road."

Like "No Country," "The Road" is an adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel. In fact, "The Road" won the 2007 Pultizer Prize for fiction. The story follows a sick father (Man) and good-hearted son (Boy) desperately trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Man and Boy must outlast starvation, illness, a roving cadre of vicious cannibals while trying to reach the sea, where they believe other "good people" may be trying to rebuild society. They encounter — among other daily pleasantries — a baby's cooked corpse on a roasting spit and people so malnourished they're translucent.

Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce, "The Road" could be one of the big winners this year at the Academy Awards.  Based on McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize winning book, the film looks haunting, tense and well-acted, and it's directed by one of Hollywood's biggest up-and-comers, John Hillcoat, who helmed 2005's excellent revisionist western, "The Proposition." And while Hillcoat may not be the Coen brothers, who diredcted "No Country," "The Road" as a novel is better source material than "No Country." Check out the trailer below: