Ein Mann (Viggo Mortensen, u.a. "Der Herr der Ringe", "A History of Violence") und ein Kind (Kodi Smit-McPhee) schleppen sich durch ein verbranntes Amerika. Nichts bewegt sich in der zerstörten Landschaft, nur die Asche im Wind. Es ist eiskalt, der Schnee grau. Sie haben nur noch ihre Kleider am Leib, einen Einkaufswagen mit der nötigsten Habe und einen Revolver mit zwei Schuss Munition. Ihr Ziel ist die Küste, obwohl sie nicht wissen, was sie dort erwartet...
Im Risky Biz Blog gibt es eine weitere Kritik... [...] It's better than many of the reviews had it. Sure, it's bleak -- always funny to hear that thrown out like it's a dirty word -- but so was "There Will Be Blood" and like a hundred other really good pictures. There are some issues, namely, director John Hillcoat going to the same bag of tricks a few too many times (man wandering a threatening apocalyptic landscape so long he can't tell good guys from bad, and reacts questionably when under duress). But there's still plenty of suspense and compelling moral ambiguity to this (impressively shot) survivalist tale, not to mention some touching moments between father and son. Actually "Blood" is not a bad comparison since, like that movie, this one also concerns a father trying to protect his boy in a frontier setting of sorts. Star Viggo Mortensen deserves an Oscar nod [...]
Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik...
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Quint...
Variety.com meldet... Bob Weinstein is hoping to add a whole new dimension to genre label Dimension Films with artier fare such as Cormac McCarthy adaptation "The Road," while staying true to the company's core audience with a new version of Stephen King's "The Children of the Corn" and the third part of its revamped "Halloween" franchise in 3-D.
Weinstein is planning a multi-layered marketing operation for "The Road," targeted at both fans of McCarthy's book -- which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 -- as well as auds fascinated by the more ghoulish aspects of the tale such as the hordes of cannibal killers roaming the barren landscape.
"I can work with my brother Harvey on the artistic side of the film, which has the potential for awards," Bob Weinstein told Variety. "There are also people out there who may not have read the book but would love the aspects that deal with the basic survival story and are like an action thriller."
The Weinstein Co. is planning a domestic Thanksgiving release for the pic, which stars Viggo Mortensen and newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee.
While "The Road" may rep a new direction in the kind of films Dimension is taking on, the company isn't about to give up on the genre pics that have brought it such success over the years. [...]
Bei Esquire.com gibt es eine Kritik zum Film... [...] The Road is no tease. It is a brilliantly directed adaptation of a beloved novel, a delicate and anachronistically loving look at the immodest and brutish end of us all. You want them to get there, you want them to get there, you want them to get there - and yet you do not want it, any of it, to end.
You should see it for the simplest of reasons: Because it is a good story. Not because it may be important. Not because it is unforgettable, unyielding. Not because it horrifies. Not because the score is creepily spiritual. Not because it is littered with small lines of dialogue you will remember later. Not because it contains warnings against our own demise. All of that is so. Don't see it just because you loved the book. The movie stands alone. Go see it because it's two small people set against the ugly backdrop of the world undone. A story without guarantees. In every moment - even the last one - you'll want to know what happens next, even if you can hardly stand to look. Because The Road is a story about the persistence of love between a father and a son, and in that way it's more like a remake of The Godfather than some echo of I Am Legend.
Only this one is different: You won't want to see this one twice.