EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
(director: John Hillcoat; screenwriter: Joe Penhall/from a novel
by Cormac McCarthy; cinematographer: Javier Aguirreesarobe; editor:
Jon Gregory; music: Nick
Cave/Warren Ellis; cast: Viggio Mortensen (Man), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Boy), Robert
Duvall (Old Man), Guy Pearce
(Veteran), Molly Parker (Motherly Woman), Michael Kenneth Williams
(Thief), Garret Dillahunt (Gang Member), Charlize Theron (Woman, the
Boy's screen mom); Runtime: 111; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Nick Wechsler/Paula Mae Schwartz/Steve
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
("The Proposition") directs this unpleasant post-apocalyptic drama. Viggio
Mortensen and his 10-year-old son (Kodi
Smit-McPhee), who was born after the cataclysmic events, travel
together in America over a gray barren landscape, with no crops or
animal. To beat the cold, they trek southwards (to Florida's Golden
Coast) in search of a warmer climate. While struggling for survival on
their road trip, with only a pistol to defend themselves, the duo
battle against the cold, hunger, bad dudes, cannibalistic marauders and unimaginable horrors. The
road was too bleak and hard of an ordeal to sit through for this
viewer, especially since there wasn't any dramatic tension--just a
long, artless trek in a dark world. Its life lessons fell on deaf ears.
Its mysticism didn't register. Its many parables on the journey, seemed
It's based on the Pulitzer Prize–winning
book by Cormac McCarthy. It's written by Joe
Penhall, who fails to make an unfilmable book filmable. Though the
actors acquit themselves well and cinematographer Javier
Aguirreesarobe's photography of the ashen landscape is imaginative, the
unrelenting grim mood is a bummer.
REVIEWED ON 6/15/2011 GRADE: C +
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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