The Road, a film that on paper shouldn’t work however after emerging from the cinema 112 minutes later I came to the conclusion that it did – just.
Having sat down in possibly the most uncomfortable cinema seats known to man (which I have Odeon – Manchester to thank for) I got settled down for a well told story, a bit of action and somewhat of an emotional roller coaster. Having seen the trailer I knew that this wasn’t too much to ask for and I wasn’t disappointed.
The main downfall of this film is that you are instantly thrown into the story without really being given any details. The main story revolves round the fact that the world is in ruins after some climatic event of gigantic magnitude that has found most of the human race wiped out. Even tho this is briefly given away in the trailer, in the film never find out why this event occurs or when it did, but as law and order has broken down – as ‘lord of the flies’ teaches us it becomes the survival of the fittest.
We follow a father and son (refereed to in the credits as ‘Boy’ and ‘Man’, and who the son keeps calling his dad ‘papa’ which does get tiresome after the first 30 times of him saying it) heading south the east cost of America as they try to escape the increasing bitter weather as the seasons all merge into one cold winter. Undoubtedly their paths cross with people who father and son refer to as ‘bad guys’, no food has meant that in order to survive food must be eaten in all forms, and they have turned towards cannibalism and all the boy and his dad have to defend themselves are two bullets in a small pistol.
Halfway through the film we get a glimpse of the boys mother and a glimpse into the past of how the boy was born and why the mother doesn’t join them on their trip to head south.
On their journey south they are taunted with finding food in plenty and a cellar full of live humans saved by the ‘bad guys’ for future meals, with the latter defiantly getting the hear racing. It is ironic that they boy is all that keeps the father human yet arguments between the boys willingness to trust strangers and the fathers apprehension of the unknown often create arguments between the two.
Not giving the plot away the outcome is somewhat predictable with a ‘bitter-sweet’ ending which does allow you to leave the cinema happy but also sad at the same time.
What did I think of it? Its a very good story that is very thought provoking. It makes you think what you would do in their situation; would you be a ‘good guy’ and nearly starve or ‘bad guy’ and turn to cannibalism. Having seen the film most people would go with a different answer to which they first thought. Length wise, for me it was a tad too long. Ultimately its the aftermath of The Day After Tomorrow and it is a story that could be told on the back of a postage stamp, however a good story line does keep you in your seat right until the end, well worth a watch.