The Road

Rated 4.0

The bulk of the story is that of a man and his son (Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee) who are fighting for survival in a very unwelcoming world in the wake of a sudden natural disaster. The road they traverse is dangerous, dreary and cold. There is little food, as all the animals have been killed off, leaving only insects and the occasional surprise can of fruit cocktail. The world that Boy (no one in the film is given a name) grows to know is that of sickness, poverty and basic needs. His father (Man) sometimes shares stories of the world before the earthquakes and fires, but they make him sad. Boy, you see, was born after the apocalypse, to a mother (Charlize Theron) who had lost hope in the world. The Road is a bleak end-of-the-world tale (which closely follows the story of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel) unlike the usual, sensational, Hollywood productions. It’s a story of survival, of love, of family. And in all those areas, it shines. Pageant Theatre. Rated R