The Road Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 2031

Average Rating: 2.8/4

# of Ratings: 167

Theatrical Release Date: 11/25/2009

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 05/25/2010

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Thriller

MPAA Rating: R

Director: John Hillcoat

Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Robert Duvall, Michael Kenneth Williams

Plot: Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, a father and son must navigate a lonely, dangerous world following a nuclear holocaust.

Quick Movie Reviews

Rating of
3/4

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/17/2019

Cold and cynical, but the father/son dynamic is developed enough to carry "The Road" to the point of passable.

Rating of
2/4

Matthew Brady - wrote on 08/05/2014

I found this movie kind of dull to be honest.

Rating of
3/4

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/02/2013

The look of this movie perfectly captures the novel: it's bleak, it's dangerous and the only promise it keeps is death. Yet though the movie is not a pick-me-up by any mean, it's well acted and captures the feeling of despair yet keeps that sliver of hope alive. If you liked the book, I think John Hillcoat does a good job of translating it to the screen.

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Snoogans
Snoogans
Movie God

Rating of
4/4

Beautiful Examination of Humanity at it's Worst

Snoogans - wrote on 09/13/2015

A deeply effective drama depicting one of the most bleak post-apocalypse settings I've seen in any film. The story is focused on the long trek of a father and son through the starkly grey atmosphere of a ravaged planet. This dark, depressing journey is upheld by the handful of hope that the father instills in his young son. The strength of their bond propels the pair to explore the nature of good will towards others in this time of desperation. The father is relentlessly selfless and protective towards his boy, never ceasing to teach him as much as possible about humanity before their unknown inevitable departure. Constant danger and lack of food come second to raising his child. Love and care is felt from each of them. The son's optimism for others in these harsh times eventually …

Daniel Corleone
Daniel Corleone
Movie God

Rating of
3.5/4

The Road (2009) review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 06/28/2012

Though it doesn't have much story or actual direction, it is one of the most authentic, bleak and hopeful films around. Kodi Smit-McPhee is a star waiting to happen and this journey is one hell of a ride. A father (Mortensen) and his young son (Smit-McPhee) are survivors of a post-apocalyptic era. The man's wife (Charlize Theron) makes a decision on her own. The two main characters meet an old man (Robert Duvall). They likewise encounter a thief (Michael Kenneth Williams). There are several queries that were unanswered such as the decision of the wife to leave, how everything happened, no names were mentioned (except for Ely) and the light explanation of their destination. Despite of the aforementioned, the direction, acting (from all artists), score and cinematography were just …

Yojimbo
Yojimbo
Movie God

Rating of
3/4

"The Road" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 01/29/2012

In an Earth devastated by nuclear war, a father and son travel to the coast to find respite to the seemingly never-ending horrors they are witness to. For "post apocalyptic science fiction", The Road is a far more character driven, ponderous affair than you would expect. It is essentially a story of survival under the most adverse conditions, as a father tries to hold onto his humanity while trying to protect his son and himself from starvation and the degenerate cannibals the majority of the rest of the human race has become. As a result, the innocence of his son comes to act as his conscience, but all this really comes down to is this: Viggo & son are walking down a road, meet bad guys, Viggo threatens them with gun, son cries "No poppa, no! Don't kill him!" and they run away. Again, …

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