Sunday, 1 April 2012

My Favorite Movies- The Road

<The Road> novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy, was adapted to a film by the same name in 2009, starring Viggo Mortensen. The story of a father & his son journey across a grim post-apocalyptic landscape, Viggo Mortensen who as the dying father yet still deathbed struggles to protect his son from the constant threats of attack, exposure and starvation where the land is devoid of living animal and vegetation but cannibals. On their journey, they keep duo scrounge for foods, evade roving bandits, and contend with horrors, for instance a newborn infant roasted on a spit, and captives being gradually harvested as foods. In the face of these obstacles, the father repeatedly reassures the son that they are "the good guys" who are "carrying the fire". The movie really makes me cried badly. Undoubtedly Viggo Mortensen is a great actor indeed. 

The movie is distinguished from anyone else where the characters in the story are never named, seemingly a portrayal of human being in the earth, and it could be you & me, or anybody else. The original novel was dedicated by the writer- Comac McCarthy to his son, John Francis McCarthy apocalypses of what this planet might look like in the future. The book has received numerous positive reviews and honors since its release. Even the British environmental campaigner George Monbiot was so impressed by the book and declared McCarthy to be one of the "50 people who could save the planet", and stated, "It could be the most important environmental book ever. It's a thought experiment that imagines a world without a biosphere, and shows that everything we value depends on the ecosystem." It managed to be harrowing, emotionally shattering and heartbreaking story ever, and definitely will change the way you see the world & revelation of the importance from environmental protection.

< The Road > trailer.

The father struggles on whilst at death's door to protect the son from scourge until his last breath..

The son was born during the age of the grim post-apocalyptic..The scene narrates how the father rarely finds a can of Cola in the ruins, and let the son has it all for who had never seen Cola since his born. As a matter of fact the father is famished like the son too...What a great father...

The journey was getting arduous when the father has gradually succumbed to an illness...

 No matter how hard the circumstance is, the father keeps reading the book for the son every night...

Apart from seeking for foods, evade the roving bandits is the only thing they do every time, everywhere... to avoid being harvested as foods...

The father repeatedly reminds the son do not believe people easily to make him safe. Eventually the father succumbs to an illness, and before he dies, he tells the boy that he can continue to speak with him in his imagination after he is gone like they always did. That's the part makes me cried like touched and grieved.

The grieving son holds wake over the father's corpse for days, and has no idea where to go and what to do, until he encounters with a man who convinces the son that he's the "good guys" and have a wife, two children and a dog, and he carries the fire...The son continues his journey and moves on with his new family eventually.

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