The Road

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In The Road, Cormac McCarthy’s bleak masterpiece, a father (played by Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) walk through a barren landscape in a post apocalyptic world. Though they are headed somewhere, there is really no place to go: The Earth is dying, there are no plants, animals or food, and the only living humans are those who’ve presumably done whatever was necessary to survive, such as turning to cannibalism.

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The Road received an R rating, for “some violence, disturbing images and language.” The ClearPlayed version removes about 25 profanities, and trims scenes of nudity (usually wading men or dead bodies). The more graphic scenes of violence and carnage are also cut, but what remains is still no picnic. The subject matter – survival in the most dire circumstances – will be a religious experience for some, and just too depressing for others.

Is The Road worth traveling?…

If your idea of a great movie is pure escapism that makes you happy, let me steer you to The Princess and the Frog. The Road is both difficult and brilliant, as an allegory of man’s existence as well as a mirror of the good and bad of which he’s capable. It’s haunting, relentless and strangely life-affirming.

Marty Nabhan— ClearPlay Armageddon Strategist

Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language.; 111 min; Directed By John Hillcoat

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