| The Road (2004) |
The Road is a movie adaptation of a book about a father and son struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. I haven't read the book, but after seeing the movie I really want to. The story unfolds both in the present day with the father and son and in the past with flashbacks showing interactions with the father and his wife who is no longer with them.
Some cataclysmic event has devastated the world and drained the life out of it. Trees are burnt and frail, animals have become extinct, ashes fall like snow and the world itself feels like its dying. The movie is pretty bleak in all regards and not really something to watch with the family.
The remnants of humanity are the biggest danger though, with gangs of cannibals and bandits being extremely common. This is a world where someone might stab you just to take your can of beans or rob you blind in a second.
The father struggles daily to protect and care for his son even with the limited resources and endless dangers this world presents him. All he has besides the clothes on his back and some minor supplies is a single gun, a revolver with two bullets in it to be used as a last resort if he ever fails to protect his son. Their goal is to head south and gather enough food to survive the cold weather that is slowly advancing upon them.
The portrayal of much of humanity in this movie isn't positive, but men are certainly treated fairly in my opinion. The father makes many mistakes during their journey, but he loves his son deeply and is willing to do anything to protect him.
There are only a few characters besides the main duo, but the men and women that appear are fairly proportioned. Some men are bandits, some are thieves and some are victims, though the women are treated similarly. Some women are good and some are bad, but the movie never favors them over men in terms of morality.
This movie turned out to be an unexpected gem I found while browsing Netflix and I highly recommend checking it out if you don't mind some depressing content. It has plenty of tense moments and action scenes mixed with drama in a pretty good balance. All in all, a pretty good movie to watch if you want to see a positive portrayal of a strong father and son relationship.
- Reviewed by Midnight Undead
Rating: R (Some violence, disturbing images and language)
Run Time: 111 minutes