2009: #5 The Road

Directed by: John Hillcoat
Written by: Joe Penhall, based on the novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael K. Williams, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron
Distributer: The Weinstein Company
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 11/25/2009
Date seen: 11/29/2009
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $20 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 8 (Makeup, Art Direction, Cinematography, Cameo, Actor, Ensemble, Adapted Screenplay, and Underappreciated)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 3 (Makeup, Cameo, and Underappreciated)

[Ed. Note: original piece was lost, what follows was written retroactively in 2011] John Hillcoat’s grim adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s grim novel was largely ignored by audiences looking for more pleasant experiences in these grim times, but I see no reason to punish powerful cinema simply because it wasn’t released at the most convenient time.  Hillcoat has built one of the most convincing and unsettling post-apocalypses this side of The Road Warrior, which is reason enough to see it, but what’s more important is that the heart of McCarthy’s novel has been effectively rendered on screen.  This is a story about fathers and sons, and about the fear of that bond being destroyed by time.  Yeah, it’s kind of depressing, but this is the end of the world people, what the hell did you expect?

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