Add This to Your Netflix Queue: “The Road”

I was just telling my wife and some friends that it had been a long time since I’d seen a movie that really blew me away.  “The Road” did exactly that.  It’s the best movie I’ve seen this year, and maybe the best movie I’ve seen in a few years.

Based on the award-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy (which I haven’t read, but now I know what I’m reading during our vacation at the beach), “The Road” tells the story of a father and son traveling south in a post-apocalyptic America.  What caused the global catastrophe is unknown.  What the viewer learns through flashbacks is a couple is about to have a child when the apocalypse occurs.  Their son never knows a “normal” American life.  Nearly all life is gone.  There are no animals.  There are very few people.  Of those left, most are cannibals.  The wife leaves the family behind, without hope, knowing she will die.  The father and son push south to the coast, hoping for warmer weather.  Along the way, they encounter nomadic gangs of cannibals, other humans imprisoned as cattle for food, and few other people along the way.

The film (and apparently more so for the book) is emotionally devastating.  The father is dying, and has no hope for humanity in spite of his determination to survive.  His son still sees good in people.  What struck me the most throughout the film is that no matter how bleak the situation, no matter how much suffering is involved, there is always hope.  Along their journey, the father gives his son a can of Coke that he found.  They share a wonderful bonding moment as the son experiences something for the first time that you and I take for granted.  They find a bunker full of canned food just when all hope of finding sustenance has run thin.  They make it to the coast, and the son finds refuge after the death of his father.  Hope and endurance in spite of unimaginable suffering are, to me, the message of this film.  I totally recommend it.

Here’s the link to the trailer.

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Aaron is a follower of Jesus. He's married to his smokin' hot wife Laura and is the father of three adorable girls. He enjoys a robust cigar, a complex root beer, a good movie, writing, football, thought-provoking books, and rousing discussions about subjects you're not supposed to talk about (like theology and politics). Religious people irritate him (because he once was one). He's on a quest to find the perfect dry rub and sauce for ribs.
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4 Responses to Add This to Your Netflix Queue: “The Road”

  1. Justin Dunn says:

    i have never openly wept at a book before, and i did so three times while reading this. my only concern for you is, the movie was a perfect adaptation of the book and you may feel disappointed at the end when you know every scene thats about to happen. there are few surprises not in the movie. Cormic has a really cool writing style and i think you will find that while Viggo Mortensen did a good job, he did not encapsulate the depth of the father (as you can read at my movie review blog, ha ha) as the book does.

    good movie, amazing book.

    • Aaron says:

      I’m not that worried about it. I was read up on Lost before watching the finale (which is sort of the other way around). I’ve certainly heard the book is better than the movie, so I’m looking forward to it.

  2. aaroncross says:

    yeah my wife hates you because we watched it last weekend at your recommendation…haha.

    As a new father it definitely evoked strong emotions as far as that goes.

    Def. makes you think of what we have, what we take for granted, and what may not always be.

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