The Road

Last saturday I went to see John Hillcoat’s new film The Road. Based on Cormac Mcarthy’s novel the film is set in a post apocalyptic world and follows the story of a father and son as they travel slowly across America in a desperate attempt to survive. The Road is relentlessly chilling all the way through, at any point you expect the worst to happen and even in the more uplifting moments you are painfully aware that there is sure to be another incident.

Viggo Mortensen is superb as the father, tough but full of love and an inspiration to his terrified son, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee in an outstanding debut performance. Despite the film being about an unimaginable and highly improbable situation it is extremely thought provoking, touching and thoughtful. Unfortunately it wasn’t released nationwide and only reached a certain amount of independent cinemas such as the Watershed in Bristol – where I was lucky enough to see it. If you get an opportunity to see the film I highly recommend it.

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