Adapted from a Novel by Cormac McCarthy
Director: John Hillcoate
Writer (screenplay): Joe Penhall
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Thriller
Lenght and certificate: 111min, 15
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee,Charlize Theron, Robert Duval, Guy Pearce,...
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless cannibalistic bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food--and each other.
Woahhh, I haven't watched that type of movie for a while. At some point in my life, I decided that life was hard enough, sad sometimes to complete it with unreal even more sad and depressing movie/TV. So it was reluctantly that PF (Poor Fiance) and I chose this DVD, that has been lying around for weeks (I'm on Lovefilm!). We thought that would change from happy and funny French movies that we seem to ALWAYS watch!!!
And yes, how right we were!!!
In this movie, the world - or at least the US - has come to an end, a stand still, everything is burnt, grey, there is no food, no water!! Some humans (as opposed to men, word that implies some respect for society and humanity) have joined forces and use cannibalism as a new form of sustenance. What to do in such a situation?
Keep moving, hide, beware of everything and head South where your hopes of warmer weather will keep you alive as the warm air itself.
The storyline itself is not so much about the search for food, water and clothes but more about the hope that somewhere life is more bearable. All along their journey, you are torn between feelings of helplessness and doomedness that make you wanna sort out the situation by killing yourself and the love of this man for his son and his dreams/faith of keeping him alive and healthy!
It makes you ask yourself which side you'd be on if you were in that kind of situation, would you survive no matter what ie: kill people and eat them, or would you stay a society man and respect others even if They want to kill you or steal from you the only food you have?
Or would you just avoid this doomed situation of endless scavenger by killing yourself?
But defo not my type of movie...