bleak and unrelenting vision but something beautiful about it,
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This review is from: The Road [DVD] (DVD)
Of all the 'end days' movies and post apocalyptic scenarios being put forth in movies like 'World war z,' 'Oblivion,' and '28 days later,' this is by far the most powerful and in my opinion the most realistic and likely scenario to follow any massive natural catastrophe, whether it be from asteroids, meteors, comets, earthquakes, pole shifts or nuclear war enforced winters. Right from the start we are told, without being shown, that all the animals and most of the plants and people are dead, and the planet is dying from a series of natural disasters. After his wife chooses to kill herself rather than wait to be raped by marauding strangers, Viggo mortenson is left alone with his young son to wander through the American wilderness looking for food and like-minded others who may or may not be out there, but all the way through this film looms the more likely threat of meeting gangs of robbers, rapists and would-be murderers intent on cannibalism to survive. The film is neither glossy nor high tech in its show of devastation, but is rather grim and gloomy. But what saves this from indulging in an overwhelmingly morose and cynical outlook is the beautiful caring relationship between Viggo and his young son as they run, hide, explore and sometimes find little moments of happiness in all the apparent hopelessness that surrounds them.The only thing i dont agree with is when he says right at the beginning that all the animals have died, because in truth, if a few people have survived then for sure a few animals, however small they might be, would also have survived. But i give this 5 stars for acting, script, direction and realism.