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Movie : Snap Review – The Road

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The world has been through some kind of  apocalyptic event. We travel with a man and his son through this desolate dying world. Their focus is on finding food, staying warm, heading for the coast and not getting caught by “the bad people”. Some of the remaining population has resorted to cannibalism to survive. We travel with a father and son as they make their way in these circumstances.

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Bleak and more bleak is the tone of this film. John Hillcoat creates this world for the story to play out. Warren Ellis and Nick Cave supply the appropriate music. Based on a Cormac McCarthy book, Hillcoat keeps it real and focused. It’s all about survival and what people will do to attain that. Viggo Mortensen is the perfect person to play the father and does his usual great work.  The film is drab, depressing and full of human suffering but there is a flicker of man’s instinct to keep going.

Maybe a little bleak for some tastes but hey, shake it up, you can always throw on a romantic comedy after and get really bummed out.

The question CB asked after was, “What would I do to survive? Would I be one of the good guys?” Hit ‘The Road’ and see what you think.

29 comments on “Movie : Snap Review – The Road

  1. Yeah, Another Blogger
    October 14, 2018

    Deep movie. I’ll put it on my list.

    Went to see First Man two days ago. Very good. Hard to say how accurately it portrays Neil Armstrong. He was a private person I think. In any case, the movie is absorbing.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 14, 2018

      ‘The Road’ is a bit of a dark ride but I think the reality of the situation would be a dark one.

      I tend to miss the big releases (unless I get someone like Neil’s stamp of approval) and bio pics. Armstrong and that whole space program is interesting stuff. Seen a few docs on the subject.

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  2. J.
    October 14, 2018

    One of my favourite flicks, this one. Or at least favourite fairly recent flicks. Have you read the book?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 15, 2018

      Yeah. I had to watch it a second time and it really got me then. Yes I’m a big Cormac fan.

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      • J.
        October 15, 2018

        I thought you would have. I’ve read that book a few times.. great, great, great read. Most of his books are, right enough. Anyhoo, I love both. And Big V man is a great pick for the role.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 15, 2018

        I’m planning to re read Cormacs books in chronological, it’s the kind of guy CB is. Viggo is hands down at the top of people that do the acting thing.

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      • J.
        October 15, 2018

        Viggo is a joy to watch. He makes it all seem so effortless.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 15, 2018

        Truthful and in the moment at all times.

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  3. Jim S.
    October 14, 2018

    I read ‘The Road’ and saw the flick. I think I liked the book better as the message came through better and the film was relentlessly grim. As to the Neil Armstrong movie, haven’t made up my mind yet. My wife isn’t into it and if my film-loving buddy calls me up and wants to go I probably will. Otherwise, I dunno. But that said, it IS in IMAX and I always dig that for a few extra quid.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 15, 2018

      I agree on your book and film comparison.
      I want to go see that Green Book film I was telling you about. I usually don’t jones for new films but I am with that one.

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      • Jim S.
        October 15, 2018

        Oh yeah. That’s out next month. Don’t forget to queue up to see “Mamma Mia Here We Go Again.”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 15, 2018

        Doc that is not gonna happen. There is not enough whiskey in Tennessee for CB do get drunk enough to do that. Maybe if I lost a bet or was trying to get back in the Gals good books. Nah, not even then.

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      • Jim S.
        October 15, 2018

        Heh! For all you know it’s a freaking masterpiece that towers over Citizen Kane.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 15, 2018

        How was the Mamma Mia book? A sizzler I bet.

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      • Jim S.
        October 15, 2018

        Towering. I cried like a baby at the end. The butler did it.

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  4. greenpete58
    October 15, 2018

    Cormac McCarthy book. The movie gets generally good reviews worldwide. According to Wikipedia, part of it was filmed in Pennsylvania due to that state’s winter bleakness. I don’t know, western Ohio is pretty bad!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 15, 2018

      It’s a relentless journey Pete. Not everyone’s cup of tea but I sure was engaged. I was telling Neil and Jim about a new film Viggo is in Green Book. Have a look ate the trailer. It has caught my interest big time. I might even have to venture to a theater.
      )(a musical note I’ve been immersed in Robin Trower. Your nods kinda pushed me that way. Digging it

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  5. 1dancequeendq
    October 15, 2018

    I really enjoyed this movie I hadn’t planned to watch it, I was channel hopping one night when it came up. It was gripping. I’ve also read the book.

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  6. 1537
    October 16, 2018

    Far too emotional for me I’m afraid. Sadly, I don’t think I’d have been one of the good guys either.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 16, 2018

      Good guys/bad guys. It all depends how you look at it. Yeah it’s pretty harsh to watch and think about. Definitely a gut shot.

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  7. keepsmealive
    October 18, 2018

    I read the book, loved it. Don’t really desire to see the film (all deference, Viggo).

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 18, 2018

      You might get he urge one day. Keep it on the shelf. Really well done but a little dark.

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      • keepsmealive
        October 18, 2018

        The book is very dark, so that stands to reason. I see copies at work often enough. Maybe one day.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 18, 2018

        In the same vein as ‘The Proposition in it’s no bullshit style of film making and I know you liked that one. Viggo must have some creative thing going on with Cave and Ellis. This is the second film off the top of my head that they collaborated on.

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      • keepsmealive
        October 18, 2018

        It’s a great mix of creative forces, that’s for damn sure…

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  8. Tony
    October 20, 2018

    I’ve read this but haven’t seen the film. It’s on the list. On the subject of Vigo: have you seen A History of Violence?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 20, 2018

      Yes I have. Have you? Few twists. Ed Harris and Viggo are two of the best.

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      • Tony
        October 20, 2018

        I have indeed, a real pressure cooker of a movie that one

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 20, 2018

        Viggo just makes good choices. Plus he works with some very good film makers. I’ve been mouthing off about his new film ‘Green Book’. Looks like a departure for him but the whole story line has me. Plus it has a musical twist. Based on a true story about a jazz musician I like . Don Shirley.

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