Arts & Entertainment

MOVIE: THE ROAD

No trees, no animals, no food. Plenty of electrical storms, plenty of cannibals and plenty of existential torpor. You probably need to steady yourself before stepping into John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. Though you may be a hardened cinemagoer, this film will likely leave you a little shell-shocked. It’s the story of a father and son struggling for survival in a cutthroat world rent apart and rapidly dying. The word that comes most easily to mind is bleak. A bleak landscape, filled with a bleak vision of humanity and a bleak future. Compelling viewing, if a little depressing. The sparse abandoned spaces through which the characters slip are breathtaking, eerie and echoing with man’s last, and arguably only questions; are we good or bad, and what is the value of survival alone. Grab a bite to eat afterwards, food will never have tasted so good. (KB)

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