The Road the movie.

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Levio91, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. Surf Solar

    Surf Solar So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 20, 2009
    It's pretty sad. There is ONE movie I'd like to see in cinema (I haven't been in theatres since 4-5 years or so) and then nobody shows it. There isn't a release det set for germany, for christ sake, it's no problem though, I'd also watch it in english, but WHERE? Sure there is an option for the dvd, but man, I want to see this on a huge canvas in cinema. :(
  2. MutantScalper

    MutantScalper Dogmeat

    Nov 22, 2009
    I read the book, the movie is not showing here yet, might go see it.

    The book was pretty good although I didn't sympathize with the kid-character at all. Just kept wanting that dumb little brat to die. :)
  3. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    It was pretty boring. Story is slow variation on an inconclusive theme. Disappointing ending, although I'm not sure what else could have been done with it. We basically MST3K'd ourselves through the whole thing, with a shush from one guy when Aragorn (or if that's Lucifer) came across the piano and there was supposed to be a gripping moment. I suppose we could have sort of depressed ourselves into a more suitable mood, but I'm not sure the movie would have been more engaging.
  4. Public

    Public Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    May 18, 2006
    Well, I've heard from some movie critics the story is very well paced that doesn't make you feel bored.

    So I wonder, critics' point of view or some forum admin.

    Hmm, maybe Per saw too many Michael Bay movies recently :P
  5. Per

    Per Vault Consort Staff Member Admin

    Apr 1, 2004
    If it helps any, I think Children of Men is an excellent movie somewhat in the same vein. I would rate that a 4 or a 5, while I'd rate The Road a 3. (Out of 5, obv.)
  6. Public

    Public Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    May 18, 2006
    Children of Men is a very good movie. One of my favourite in this century :P

    I'll see The Road after I finish reading the book ^^
  7. WillisPDunlevey

    WillisPDunlevey Mildly Dipped

    Feb 2, 2010
    The main problems I had with the road (film version):

    1. Mobs of Hicks/Rednecks. Beyond cliche, Period.
    Generally people suppose that these types of people would still alive because they are more equipped to live after an apocalypse. Maybe... but none of the ones I grew up around could get along very much. They liked to drink and fight... some of their fights lasted for more than one generation. Second part, most of them were good hunters (in the movie they dont hunt... they ride a crappy truck searching other broke down vehicles for people to eat.
    Third Part. Most of the cliche hicks are so dumb (in the book or movie) that it is nearly impossible to believe they are still alive at the point where they are encountered... I guess they just make better villains than tetanus or the flu.

    2. The kid in the road has grown up in a world where he has never met or seen another human (besides his father) that is NOT actively trying to EAT him. Yet this kid is a whiny little brat who seems to only want to do nice things for his potential predators.

    I believe that it should have been the other way around, the father, who could remember the "GOOD" world would be much more likely to help other people or share than the kid.

    For reference to how kids behave when society has broken down see LIBERIA (Vice TV has a nice 8 part documentary on their travels in 2009 liberia: cannibals, drugs, prostitution, murder, child slavery, rape etc. all the norm in that society. One of the good guys (former General Butt-Naked, now a Evangelical pentecostal) helps out while on vacation in Nigeria by alerting authorities to the fact that a local food vendor is serving human. He uses the internet to prove his cannibal credentials and they believe him and arrest the vendor selling "pork ribs".


  8. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    Saw it yesterday. Good flick. Good acting by Vigo, but the kid gets annoying fast.

    The ending was too long and too emo, but I did like it because it gives you a very uncertain feeling.

    The setting is everything a Fallout fan could hope for.

    The cellar haunts me.

  9. marko2te

    marko2te Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Sep 24, 2008
    I didnt like the movie too much, visuals and atmosphere were quite good but the story is shallow as it gets. Also ending was a disappointing, I like to pretend that kid choice lead him to his death.

    I would give it 6.5/10
  10. TailSwallower

    TailSwallower First time out of the vault

    Feb 9, 2010
    The main thing I didn't like about the movie is that it wasn't bleak or depressing enough. McCarthy writes in such a way that you feel like you are there with the father & son having your soul crushed alongside theirs... The movie didn't really pull it off.

    Also, in my head when I was reading The Road it wasn't a modern day setting, as with the technology described it could have been set at any time between 1940 and today (unless I'm forgetting something). Thus, in the movie I really didn't like the skyscrapers, the broken ATMs or the Vitamin Water (PAYING SPONSOR!).

    All things considered it was probably as good an adaptation of the book that you could hope for in a Hollywood-ish film, but I'd still rather spend 6 hours reading the book than 2 hours watching the movie.