Well, they did it! Someone finally made the perfect adaptation of the hit comic series, “the Walking Dead“. The only problem was they forgot the zombies! The dark and desolate tones are a perfect match, right down to the hopeless predicaments and corrosive morale. Of course, it isn’t actually an adaptation of the comic at all, despite the many similarities. This is an adaptation of a completely unrelated but worthy book.
In a post-apocalyptic world a father and son try to make their way across the country to coast and hopefully to some kind of sanctuary. Viggo Mortenson is straight ragged and gnarly in this dark and savage film. Based on a book that supposedly inspired McG for Terminator: Salvation, one thing is clear; although he liked the book, he clearly didn’t understand it what-so-ever. The dire tone of the Road would have served brilliantly for a movie like Salvation but all of the robot stuff would have needed to be toned down severely. The Road has no comic book camp to it, no need to suspend disbelief and no easy way out of a hard situation with a one-liner or cool move. It strips away cliche and convention and tries to give the audience a raw experience that is visceral and even painful at times.
All this praise isn’t to say that there aren’t a few criticisms that could be made. Every child actor is going to annoy some viewers and while this kid is better than many, he has moments that have you question the casting. Over all, the movie delivers like a sledge hammer to the face, it simply remains a question of tone. If you want something tough and relentless; this is your movie, if you want fun and cute; I think the new Twilight movie is still playing.