Thursday, December 24, 2009

December 24, 2009

The Road (2009)
I am fascinated by the production design on post-apocalyptic movies. You'd think that life after human civilization has ended would look the same in every film, but it doesn't. Each production designer has their own unique and usually amazing take on what the world would look like after it was done with us as a species. This is one of the best. Everything is gray and hazy, often rainy, and completely empty. There is no one around for miles. Very little actually happens in this movie, yet it has a constant sense of tense foreboding. Viggo Mortensen is fantastic as the unnamed father fighting to protect his son. The end is unsettling and ambiguous, but nice in a way in that you can decide for yourself where it leads. Not a very seasonal movie, I grant you, but oh well. Merry Christmas, everyone!
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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