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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 09.03.09] post apocalyptic movie news scifi



A review of John Hillcoat's The Road has appeared in Variety today and while I still reserve the right to judge for myself based on the fact that me and Hollywood's biggest news mag haven't always seen eye to eye, the review points out a few concerns I had when I read the screenplay as well as reservations I had about how McCarthy's book would translate.

Here are a few words for thought from Variety's review:

"This "Road" leads nowhere."

"...any number of sequences in "The Road" could have been very suspenseful if built up properly, but Hillcoat, working from a script by Joe Penhall, just hopscotches from scene to scene in almost random fashion without any sense of pacing or dramatic modulation."

"Dialogue that should have been directed with an almost Pinteresque sense of timing is delivered without meaningful shadings, principally by two actors who have no chemistry together."

"Scraps of narration by Mortensen seem like unnecessary afterthoughts, while the preponderance of scenes featuring the wife is explainable only because Theron's presence needed to be justified by more screen time."


Here are a few words for thought from THR's much more positive review:

"intense throughout"

"Hillcoat and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe create a frighteningly barren world virtually devoid of color, where everything is covered with fine gray ash and even the sea has become gray. Occasional flashbacks to pre-disaster life offer momentary visual respites of color, music and warmth."


It's interesting to note how varied review of The Road have thus far been. There have been raves and there have been pans. I guess we'll all see come November.

SPOILER WARNING: Watch the trailer as well as a whole bunch of new clips for The Road after the break.














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quietearth (8 years ago) Reply

Don't worry folks.. Variety has many people writing reviews, this doesn't mean anything.

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Anonymous (8 years ago) Reply

Yeah, and there are several links on the IMDb site for good reviews from the Venice showing, as well.

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zombieja (8 years ago) Reply

There's clips from the film posted on TrailerAddict:

www.traileraddict.com/tags/the-road

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agentorange (8 years ago) Reply

To me, those clips look pretty sick.

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Anonymous (8 years ago) Reply

I've got a bad feeling about this

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Corey (8 years ago) Reply

MAN O MAN! Just what i wanted to see. Yeah, imdb has some other good reviews up as well. Still..those moments captured on film above are pretty steller! Haha.

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donc48 (8 years ago) Reply

I'm really not worried it sounds like this person didn't read the book, so thay where pretty blind sided by the sheer bleakness of the movie. This movie looks so far it stayed pretty true to the book. If they did this is not going to be everybody’s cup of tea, especially the furry animals and sunshine crowd.

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Anonymous (8 years ago) Reply

This is still a wait and see movie for me. The reviewer sounded like a fan of the book who was disappointed that the movie was toned down and somewhat changed to make it more palatable to audiences lulled into a stupor by films such as The Road Warrior. He might be right, but it still doesn't sound like a disaster or anything bad like that.

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Fat Legs (8 years ago) Reply

Reading this from the review . . . '(the book's two most ghastly images have been dispensed with, however)' . . . I'm guessing one of those images is the newborn baby bbq? Have they really bottled it and chopped that out? Seems criminal if so, a scene of ultimate barbarism und loss of humanity which however shocking is an important extreme. It serves to reflect the complete opposite relationship the man has with his own child as well being a punch in the gut even harder than the cellar food people.

Anyway, I love versus hate these final weeks before a much anticipated film. After all the speculation and intrigue comes the excitement of impending revelation. The how soon is now factor ramping up before that hit of strange calm that only a post apocalyptic landscape delivered on a cinematic silver screen scale can bring!

Meanwhile on the otherside of town, a positive if somewhat bland review . . .

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/sep/03/the-road-adaptation-cormac-mccarthy

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Acer (8 years ago) Reply

Another review.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film-reviews/the-road-film-review-1004009191.story

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agentorange (8 years ago) Reply

@ Fat Legs

When I read the screenplay the BBQ baby was in it, so if they took it out it was a studio decision. Also there was NO narration in it.

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Hal (8 years ago) Reply

the UK Guardian newspaper reviewer liked it
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/sep/03/the-road-adaptation-cormac-mccarthy

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Damob (8 years ago) Reply

I think it looks ace. ACE I tell you. Thats not a word I use lightly.

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Wilcoy (8 years ago) Reply

Telluride Film Festival in Colorado will be showing "THE ROAD" this weekend. Most of the critics are somewhat quirky so we should get some more reviews and perspective.

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Anonymous (8 years ago) Reply

If they did take the infant cannibalism scene out, it was probably because something like that would push the movie from a "R" to a "NC-17", something no studio wants for a major release. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the DVD release is going to have a lot of additional footage.

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Hussman (8 years ago) Reply

Man, I do NOT remember that BBQ scene from the book. I need to reread.

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Anonymous (8 years ago) Reply

Was that a Wilhelm Scream in the trailer? I don't remember that from the book!


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