Road

V'14

The Road

John Hillcoat
USA, 2009
111min, OmdU

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The Road

John Hillcoat
USA, 2009
, 111min, OmdU

Cast: 
Viggo Mortensen
Man
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Boy
Robert Duvall
Old Man
Guy Pearce
Veteran
Charlize Theron
Woman
Screenplay: 
Joe Penhall nach dem Roman von Cormac McCarthy
Sound: 
Robert C. Jackson
Camera: 
Javier Aguirresarobe
Editor: 
Jon Gregory
Composer: 
Nick Cave
Warren Ellis
Decoration: 
Chris Kennedy
Costume: 
Margot Wilson

Production: 
Dimension Films
2929 Productions
Nick Wechsler Productions
Chockstone Pictures
Road Rebel
Format: 
DCP
Color

At least the people in THE ROAD don’t have to worry about global warming. The planet has gone cold after an unexplained apocalypse that killed the flora, the fauna and most of the spectrum (though he sickly light from a blighted sun does manage to produce one wan rainbow). Not that many people populate the film – mainly a father and son slogging across a slag-heap american landscape and subsisting on what shreds of food they can find while trying not to become protein for other survivors who've descended into cannibalism. The man, played by Viggo Mortensen, doesn’t have a name because Cormac McCarthy’s novel didn’t give him one. Mortensen gives him a gaunt grandeur – it doesn't hurt that the actor’s face can evoke paintings of Christ without a muscle being moved – and an emotional spectrum that is muted but remarkably wide, considering the character's plight and the author's spare style. (Joe Morgenstern, «The Wall Street Journal», 2010)