Sunday, October 3, 2010

THE ROAD (2009)

I've been interested in reading Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel "The Road", but after watching this snoozefest I don't think that will happen anytime soon.

A few years after an apocalyptic event kills most of the humans and animals on Earth, a Man and his Boy are wandering around the countryside scavenging for canned goods and supplies as they make their way towards the ocean.  The places they visit are mostly uninhabited, so the majority of the film is simply the Man and the Boy walking and walking and walking.  Very exciting.

I love post-apocalyptic stories and in my opinion the best ever is Robert McCammon's novel "Swan Song". This film doesn't even deserve to be in the same sub-genre as "Swan Song".  It looks good, but you've have to have a story! The story doesn't have to be anything profound, but it has to be more than just two people wandering around. Have some cannibals steal his son and then have the Man chase after them and kick some ass...or not kick ass and they both get eaten. I would have rather seen that than these two half-dead motherfuckers walking around for two hours looking sad.

If you need me I'll be in my room watching THREADS followed by THE ROAD WARRIOR then reading "Swan Song" again.