I'm a sucker for a decent slice of post-apocalyptic eye-candy. Who isn't? Let's face it, Mad Max, Escape from New York, Doomsday and the whole zombie collection etc are an absolute blast.
The Road is about as different from those movies as it is possible to be, but is no less compelling. Beautifully acted - arguably a lifetime best performance from Viggo Mortensen and young Kodi Smit-McPhee plays an absolute blinder as his son. The father and son's travels are undeniably grim, as they struggle to stay alive by eating invertebrates and by evading the grasp of slavers/cannibals.
But even in this hellish realm, the sparks of humanity and camaraderie can still be found. Much of the criticism of this movie is that it's not feel-good. My argument is that glimmers of hope are there if you look hard enough for them. The boy's frantic plea "we are the good guys aren't we?" is unbelievably moving and will stay with you for a long time, as will the scenes when Mortensen almost gives up and contemplates suicide. Without giving away any spoilers, I found the ending quite upbeat and satisfying.
Blu-ray presentation is excellent; the bleak, blasted but exquisitely filmed landscapes look utterly stunning and reminded me at times of the black and white German classic Der Weisse Band.
Perhaps just a smidgen over-long at almost two hours, with a couple of scenes feeling unnecessarily drawn-out, but highly recommended. I would add however, that this is such an intense and emotional movie you are unlikely to want to watch it often.