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Viggo makes me wanna kill myself, but he does it so good: The Road

The father and son fighting to survive
The father and son fighting to survive
Dimension Films

Talk about depressing. If I had the energy to hang myself after I watched this movie, I just might have done it. Although The Road definitely won't win any feel good movie of the year awards, that's not to say that the performances in the movie don't deserve my applause and recognition.

The Road, a post apocalyptic film based on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy, is about an un-named father (Viggo Mortensen) who is desperately trying to protect his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) from the post apocalyptic ruins of a destroyed America.

Charlize Theron plays the mother and wife of the father and son and her character only helps in creating an even more dishearten feel. Seen only in flashbacks, her story is bleak and solely adds to the 'my life used to be so much better and now I have no hope left' attitude that has become Viggo.

Theron abandons her family and tells Viggo to take the boy south to the ocean in hopes of a greener life, thus beginning their journey. Lacking most emotions, survival of the fittest comes full force in Viggo's primal urge to survive the wretched circumstances that have become un-escapable.  The Road is a story of survivalism, although watching it you want to think it's about hope and triumph- but it really isn't. 

What has happened to the world and why it has gone to Hell is never explained, which is OK with me. The ambiguously vagueness is a common theme of McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) and actually is a blessing in disguise in regards to the Road. All we need to know is that the Earth is f'ed, living animals and plant life are at an extreme minimum, there are a whole bunch of cannibals who will do anything to survive, and Viggo Mortison will do anything he can to protect his son: including killing him... ya, depressing I told you.

The Road is shot mostly in Earth tones and every shot is either grey, dark, or rainy. There is nothing happy about this movie. Praising the film-making though, The Road strays away from the Hollywood aspect of leaving the audience warm and fuzzy even though the story is depressing (Titanic).

Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, and Molly Parker all grace us with notable cameo roles, however as bleak and depressing as the film may be, Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee's performances were top notch and in my opinion Viggo's best performance of his career.

The Road is what it is. It doesn't stray too far from the book and as far as a film goes it was actually pretty good.  So if you missed it during its short lived limited released, make sure and check it out when it comes out on video.
 

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