THE ROAD hailed as The Most Important Movie of the Year

by Joey Paur

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There is a movie that I have been waiting to see for quite some time now. The movie is called 'The Road' and it is based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. John Hillcoat is the director that brought this story to life, and from the sound of it, the movie is pretty damn incredible. Esquire Magazine has posted a review for the film which stars Viggo Mortensen. They say Mortensen is brilliant in the film, and that the film itself is the most important movie of the year.

Here is a section from the review:

You have to see it. Really. You do. Not because it's grim, not because it's depressing, or even scary. The Road is all of those things, both acutely and chronically. But there was not a single stupid choice made in turning this book into this movie. No wrongheaded lyric tribute to the novel. No moment engineered simply to make you jump.

The terror of it is in a normal world made vacant. There is a surprising terror in a landscape of farmhouses full of possessions that have no function, a remarkable danger in a pile of old hammers, in the possibility of forgetting what things were once for. It's a fear worth feeling. And there is something knotty and resilient, eternal and elemental, something worth caring about in all this, in a parent's love for a child, especially when love is the only thing left in the world that has the least little thread of purpose.


The film is about a father and his son who walk alone through a burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other.

I can't wait to see this movie which will be released October 16th. From the sound of this review, which you should read, this movie is a heavy and powerful film worthy of a best picture win. The film also stars Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, and Kodi Smit McPhee.

What are your thoughts on the review that was written?

Source: Esquire

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