Read the book and loved it just couldn't imagine how a movie could be made of it. I was amazed at the excelent adaption to the screen, acting excellent, direction excellent, and the very grey mood of the subject matter coming across in almost colourless scenes. A movie that will remain in your mind for some time.
A grim film, very hard to watch sometimes because of the sheer brutality of humans intent on surviving. A possible future for humanity which has destroyed Nature.
If you've read the book then really don't bother with this film. As you read the book you can feel the hairs on your arms rise and you feel physically colder. This movie has none of the pure dread, horror and coldness of Cormac McCarthy's novel. In his book you really understand that the world is gone - it's gone and there will be no rescue, no cavalry, all the arguing, the religious mania, the pleading - it's all gone and what is left are the broken, desperate ones. John Hilcoat has taken out all the horror and only touched on the cannibalism leaving the movie with only boredom. Yes the cinematography is beautiful but it doesn't make for an interesting movie. You are better off watching 'Stake Land', another destroyed world, road movie - except this one has zombies.
Well directed movie. Surprisingly thought provoking,.Makes you think what would you do in the same situation? I thought about the reality of such existence to be some what futile. Does one live with hope? Hope for finding ones next meal ? Hope that man has survived and life will prevail??? Shoot your self with one of 2 bullets???
We are big fans of The Walking Dead, so we were expecting zombies to jump out at any minute. Well, they may not be zombies, but this post-apocalyptic film has the live humans effectively carrying on like zombies. Its very dark and bleak but Viggo does a fine job. I didn't like his son, he didn't seem to be too blemished or hardened from his years on the road surrounded by death. A couple of short but impressive cameos from Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce. Pretty good but found the ending a tad convenient.
Well acted, story has merit but wouldn't view again. In a word - bleak.
ok i'm assuming there's a hidden message in this title somewhere that i totally 'missed'. If not, then the script is that 'boring' it's almost 'dead'. I am assuming the latter...............maybe
Awesome performance from the entire crew. This is great literature so you must read the book. But a great film rendition. At heart, its a love story.
Bad disc, tried in 2 new machines, got to watch about 1/2 and that part was good
Extremely well acted and realised generally, but somehow this moving story bogs down into one escape after another until the inevitable end.
excellent movie beautiful relationship between father and son must see
Not very nice. Pointless movie
Not really my idea of a great movie
captures the mood and essence of the book, perhaps without the emotional attachment to the characters. well done. read the book first!!
I really disliked this movie. It is so bleak and miserable, emotionless and humourless. I formed no attachment to the characters. I don't mind a dark movie but this could have used even just a moment of lightness.
Pretty depressing end of the world zombie type movie except that there are no zombies.
did not hold interest would not recommend it. one star from me
If you like post apocalyptic thrillers than this one is for you. I found this a bit depressing.
Watched it once a while ago, and want to watch it again, for an accurate account of humanity at its worst under those sort of circumstances, While it is extreme and hard to believe the world would ever succumb to such depravity, It is not so far fetched to think, The survival of human compassion and consideration being tested in such a way would take a back seat when your family or friends could be the first ones to betray you and your sense of ranking and self importance in a society that lives in total denial so long as there is food on the table and crap to watch on TV, and is so close in reality, to being tested in such a way, Soon Hopefully.
The film is hard to watch as it is filmed without much llight. While this supports the horror of the struggle in a post apocalyptic world, it is hard work visually The father's love for his son and the son's for his father. rise above the gloom.
read the book... hated it.... watched the movie... hated it..... waste of time
doom doom doom with a glimmer of hope
very dark and quite slow-dont expect mad max,still it whiles away a couple of hours if you have nothing better to do.
Good movie, better than I thought it would be.
Just beautiful, sad, and sweet and concerned... All in one. Just really good.
Don't watch this before you go to bed - it gave me nightmares.
I didn't like it much at all - but then I realised why when I found out one of the people involved in this film was also involved in "No Country for Old Men" and I hated that flim too!
I do not go in for horror and violence in life or on film but for some reason apocalyptic fims do seem to attract me and knowing that's the context of this film I was feeling dread from the opening. Certainly gave me a little too much to think about and I wouldn't recommend viewing this before hitting the sack because a sleepness night is garunteed. Skip the scene when they go into the cellar of the white house on the hill is another suggestion I would make. Otherwise, a good version of end-of-times.
the most depressing movie EVER! watched till halfway and then could not take anymore. I still have nightmares, nice to be reminded that we are all going to die one day
This sad and ironic post-apochalyptic tale is well worth a watch. Long after it ends you will find yourself asking 'what would i do if....' Outstanding performances.
Have to agree with Terry2009. My husband and I didn't speak the whole way through this very depressing movie. Just stunned I think. You can watch the first couple of minutes, then skip to the end without missing too much. Watched a sitcom repeat afterwards just so I could sleep.
Bleak but definitely worth watching. But be aware there is not a lot of story arc, more of a detail study of humanity. Story wise we get the middle bit, the beginning and end left largely to our imagination. But this, along with slow pacing seems an appropriate fit for the film. Great acting from everyone. My only complaint, I think they should have ended the film about 5 minutes earlier. I won't spoil it by saying why.
Hard to review. Hard to see. Too dark and enending !! Give it a miss !!
This film is so close to the book and they do such a wonderful job in producing this story. Bleak and depressing, the film is still a worthy story. Watch for excellent acting from the cast including but limited to Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron and Kodi Smit-McPhee, the last one there is going to be one of the great actors if his present work is anything to go by. Check him out in Finding Jack.
This is a very bleak movie in a setting where a father and son attempt to survive in world that has been subjected to some kind of virus attack. and food becomes the main priority among the survivors. This movie leaves a lot of questions unanswered the the ending comes at a time when you think the plot is just starting to get interesting.
is continually in a state of semi or total darkness survivors from
I love to watch movies that are a bit unusual and this is one of them. Dark and disturbing, full of anticipation for what was going to happen next. Also very sad and realistic. That it could happen to us at any time made it all the more disturbing. This is definitely not one of the usual Hollywood type of extravagant "end of the world" movies that we have seen before. Great acting too!
Slow going but always tense.
Very grim - interesting actors. If this is true to the famous book, I won't bother reading it. This is one of those survival stories of the 'nasty, brutish and short' view of humanity. Whilst the overwhelming disaster that has already happened is never specified, there is also no reason given for the lack of teamwork, banding together, ingenuity in growing food (eg mushrooms underground) etc.
very disturbing could this really happen to the human race
Little wounder the charaters all wanted to die... this would have to be the most depressing and boring movie I have seen this life time.
This is not an easy movie to watch, particularly if you have an aversion to implied cannabalism scenes. My husband
Didnt enjoy all of it as was a little dark but could see that man would become this way if left to himself
Very moving film. Probably the defining story of the zeitgeist. Highly recommend the novel .
This movie seems to really polarise its viewers but it is engrossing in a dark way. Excellent actors and the story makes you think a lot about man's inhumanity to man and yet our power to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
For those that have not read the book, read it rather than watch this. Cormac McCarthy’s text is a far more gripping and descriptive piece of literature than this fair attempt of cinema, which simply does not compare.
A bleak depressive movie about the end of civilization as we know it with only relatively few survivors. There is a shortage of food and people hunt down other people to canabilise them. There are good people and bad people. It's a heartwarming story about a father and son and the push to make the son self sufficient before the father dies. It could leave the viewer feeling hopeless but there are moments when the couple see a beatle and, at the end, the son being taken in as part of a surviving family with two children.
It was the bland leading the boring.
This is the most depressing movie I have ever watched. However the acting was quite good.
Found this quite engrossing. Father trying to protect his son at all costs after post-apocalyptic event and his son questioning his fathers reasoning "Are we the good guys daddy?" Father has to kill and steal from others to survive but then tries to teach his son, that to survive, they must not to trust anyone, and that killing and stealing is done by "the bad guys" .
Not sure why absolutely nothing survives after about 12 years (the age of the boy and he is born during the apocalypse ) as some vegetation would have regenerated, but found the story and cinematography well done.
Great cinematography, direction and acting but a hideous story.
Really depressing, I wanted to switch it off more than once but persevered and initially regretted the decision. However the day after we discussed it more than many films to date, it really makes you think. If you want to be challenged, go for it.
no real story line and/or ending. One of those movies that when it finishes you say, well that was a waste of 2hrs of my life!
Very good movie but very bleak. Not something to leave you with a feelgood feeling when it's over.
My partner and I didn't really enjoy this movie. I understand that the movie is based on a novel though so perhaps someone with knowledge of the novel would enjoy it more. However, for us it was just confusing and did not seem to be leading anywhere in particular, although it was a touching and somewhat eerie account of a relationship between father and son when pushed to the extremes.
Not a great story line, found it rather boring in places.
Could not watch this to the end, slow, boring, bleak, where was it going. A pointless movie. I could not recommend watching this movie to anyone
A harrowing movie. I don't know why I subjected myself to this grim story, but the interaction between the man and his son makes it worth watching.
Basically dad is trying to teach the boy how to survive in a very brutal world, but show some common decency and courage. Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce are also in the movie which is an added bonus. Not for the faith hearted, but a very thought provoking movie.
Beauifully filmed (in a depressing way).
Dark script relieved by sensitive direction and acting
Father and son endure the grim reality of a hostile and dying world. As far as these types of movies go this one has a bit more depth to it. However, in the end it doesn't quite have the impact it should. The sequences involving potential threats are well handled though. 3.5 stars
what a depressing movie, very hard to grasp as to where and what the story is about. dissapointed in it, and expected much more
One of the worst films I have seen so far....what a waste of time and money!
Worst film I've ever seen!
Dark movie by Australian John Hillcoat if you like his other stuff, Proposition, you will like this, very gripping. Recommended. Nick Cave/Warren Ellis soundtrack.
A bit slow moving though an interesting story.
It makes you wonder if the world will eventually turn out like that
Even though it was disgusting, disturbing and depressing, I liked it.
Tedious. Boring. Storyline really doesn't hold together that well. Acting was good, but characters weren't convincing. All in all good acting, poor movie.
Ok, some interesting questions raised about the nature of humanity and morality and how they might be seen differently according to extreme circumstance. I also appreciated some aspects of the relationship between father and son. But honestly, this was the most bleak, depressing, boring film I have ever seen in my life. No real glimmers of hope anywhere. The main point of the film seems to be just conveying how unthinkably awful it would be to live in such a world. Got it in the first 2 minutes, then driven home over the next excruciating hour and a half. Thanks.
The most drab, dreary miserable depressing movie I have ever seen, bar none. Couldn't watch it all, I am a huge fan of Viggo's, but, he should be remembered for Lord of the Rings, not this dribble.
My 28 yr old thought it seemed a bit slow but personally, I think that the underlying feel of desperation for survival is necessary to get the feel of the post apocolypse type of day - plodding along with a vague hope of "something more", just up ahead. Quite liked it.
Great movie - this is not an uplifting movie - but it wasn't meant to be. Dark
Yes it is very bleak and has haunted me ever since forcing myself to watch it to the end but it is the most realistic portrayal of a very possible future. That is what makes it so hard to watch. Superb.
Was not prepared for this one and could not finish watching it. Would not recommend for many reasons but ones I wish not to recall.
This film is depressing. Good insight into survival
Totally brilliant adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's amazing novel. The acting of all the characters is extremely powerful, and the depiction of what life would be like in a post-apocalyptic life was heartbreakingly realistic. This is not at all the typical trash dished out by Hollywood, so it probably won't be liked by those addicted to total unreality and "happy" endings.
I had this movie sitting on my table for a week, apprehensive after reading quite a few reviews. I finally viewed it tonight. Oh dear, what a kerfuffle about nothing! Right down to the tinkling Hollywood muzak at the end. A couple of moments trying to horrify (didn't work despite the subject matter), don't waste your time when there's much better out there. Some of the acting was excruciating.
has to be one of the worst movies i've had the misfortune to hire.
The Road gave the impression of having an interesting story to unravel, though it avoids the oppurtunity to tell a story and focusses on giving 2 hours of depressing
Not as good as I thought it would be.
slow sad and somewhat a realistic look on what would become of the human condition as a result of a cataclysmic event
Am a great fan of the "end of the world" genre, but this one didn't work for me. Little bit too slow,
A lot of people who rate this movie poorly seem to want a happy ending or more heroic characters, i.e. something completely less realistic, but feel good and typically (boringly) Hollywood. Thankfully The Road does not succumb to these common desires. The movie focuses wholly on the relationship of Father and Son in a depressingly bleak and dying world. The movie leaves a lot unanswered, but all of it intentional: how did the world end, where did authority go, why are the plants not growing, how did all of the animals die, was the whole planet affected? The viewer makes their own conclusions, though these questions are less relevant to the actual plot and character journey. One of the most excellent movies I have seen for a long time.
Awesome movie but about uplifting as finding out the doctor got it wrong when he told you not to worry about that funny looking mole.
Raw and depressing at its best, makes you wonder what you would do in the same circumstance.
Watch it, but don’t expect to feel warm and fuzzy.
If you're looking for a really depressing, hide the knives sort of movie this is it- I regretted watching it and still when I think of it I get that sick knot in the pit of my stomach.
Story line weak- Viggo always great- depressing though all over.
Don't do It!
Boy, oh Boy - I like the idea of post apocalyptic world - and the struggle the survivor go through to survive - but this one was plain depressing. I expected better but ended up close to switching it
off halfway. I never like a movie where the characters behave in an irrational way - this movie has
just topped that category. I found the boy plain annoying. Vigo as the father did not win my sympathy.
I could never sympathise with characters which see suicide as an option.
As I said, my exasperation grew throughout the movie - and I was not rewarded in the end.
Very disappointing - could have been an excellent premise for a great movie.
Not the best film adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel (No Country for Old Men was very good), but this was certainly thought provoking.
There seemed to be little use of the score written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, but their unique and haunting style adds all that it needs to to this film.
It was slow, but I just had to keep watching. I thought it was OK.
Yes, it's dark. No, it doesn't have a sweet, wrapped up with a bow ending. But that's life really - I'd describe this film as depressingly realistic and thought provoking. You will have to do some thinking and piecing together, but that's OK - not everything needs to be laid out on a plate for you with a clear back story. Themes of trust, basic human instincts and the love between father and son are intertwined with a scenario most of us can probably imagine, even if we'd rather not.
Against the back drop of a dying world a father attemps to teach his son values as they face death and hunger, the story finishes as the father dies and the son must find good people, not for everyone.
Don't know why people are so harsh on this movie. I thought it was great, a little dark but thats the way it was meant to be!
I'm giving this 5 stars, really touched me as I have a young son, a little bias but.. very touching movie.
nothing special, very predictable. just about watchable.
Not an uplifting story, but worth seeing for something very different to many other movies.
This movie was tense tense tense and very powerful stuff. It's just a shame the ending was such a total cop-out.
Really enjoyed this movie. A bit of unusual storyline, but once you start watching you won't want to leave your seat. Lots of suspense and an ending that's hard to predict.
This may have been a Pulitzer prize book, (which to me would have been even more boring to read) however it did not translate into as interesting and exciting a movie as the Overview implied. Far from it, in fact..... we are given very little explanation as to how the world is as it is now, despite the use of some flashbacks, where we could have easily been filled in... the flashbacks do not seem to serve much purpose except to show the family before the tragedy - whatever it is - has struck.... we felt that yes the pair were on a struggle for survival, but that they repeatedly made strange, unexplained and stupid decisions that instead of helping them survive, hindered their survival... All in all, it made no sense and there was no real story worth watching. A 2 is generous.
Not an easy watch but a rewarding one, i went out and got the book. A story of love between and father and son.
Having read some of the reviews it was interesting to see some diverse opinions on this one. In my view this is definitely a worthwhile movie to watch. It is engrossing, suspensful and downright frightening in parts, although it does have its slow bits. The cast and acting is excellent and the scenery matches the sombre mood of the story. Don't expect a feel good movie and if you are feeling a bit down, probably best to go for a comedy. You have to piece a few things together, which become clearer as the movie progresses but then the ending leaves you hanging a little, which has the effect of keeping you thinking long after the movie has stopped. There are some positive takeouts however, which is that 'good' shines through through, even in the bleakest of sceanrios .
What a disappointment. So gloomy and depressing. Obviously a take on a recent French film (which was much better) directed by Michael Haneke.
I was not really looking forward to this film having seen the shorts at the cinema,but thought I'd give it a go. Well I was pleasantly surprised & although a harrowing experience was rivetted to the screen. Brilliant acting,especially Robert Duvall even thogh a very small part.
A movie that resonates and haunts long after watching.
Incredible acting by Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-Mcphee add touching depth in portraying the lengths a devoted father would go to, to protect his son in the face of total desolation. An absolute must see.
Great movie. Intense and bleak. I liked it.
I heard alot about this movie by friends and i think i expected a little too much from it. It seemed to drag on a bit towards the end but it had its moments where i was on the edge of my seat.
The movie was alright overall but i wouldnt recomend it to anyone.
This is an amazing movie. It had me glued to my seat. This potrayed the good and the very horrible traits of humanity. God help us all if this was ever to happen............
This movie was brilliantly filmed and acted. The young Aussie boy was amazing in this film.
5 stars from me, which isn't enough for a movie such as this one.
Great movie. Yes, overall it's dark (what movie about nuclear holocaust wouldn't be) and shows the side to humanity many of us like to ignore (at our peril?) but it also demonstrates the amazing fighting spirit of humanity and the undying love between parent and child.
Well shot and brilliantly acted, 5 stars from me.
Awful, depressing, dark movie. I suppose it reminded of what hell may be like!!
I found this very boring. Not done very well at all. Maybe i missed something somewhere?
Bleak and disturbing but very good. A fairly frightening vision of a post apocalypse society where death may be a better option than life. In the end we are given a glimmer of hope that there may be a more positive future. Recommended
Pretty good movie.The ending was a little confusion till i watched the extras.
Stunning film. Based on the Pulitzer prize winning book by Cormack McCarthy. Beautifully photographed. Well acted. Bleak at times but five star viewing. A film that you will remember.
Intense, dramatic film with some pretty hairy themes in a post apocalyptic world.