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Issue: Summer, 2010

The Road (2009) movie review

I've Seen the Future and it is Dark


The world as we know it is over. What is left is dead forests and dying humans, and people trying to survive any way they can.

It's a dark, monochromatic world where unspeakable people do unspeakable things.

Which means that if you've read a post-apocalyptic science fiction story, or watched a post-apocalyptic science fiction film, then you've seen this movie.

This is the world we though Ronald Regan would usher in. He didn't. This is the world the Bush boys have promised. It isn't here. This is the world we've been half-expecting since the big bomb was first dropped. The world that Fail Safe and The Day After warned against.

Movie poster, The Road; Festivale film review; 220x324

Movie poster, The Road
In a moment the world changed forever.

All things considered, it's pretty amazing that this is still fiction.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 28 January 2010
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Title: The Road (2009)
Written by: Cormac McCarthy (novel), Joe Penhall (adaptation), Joe Penhall (scr)
Directed by: John Hillcoat
Running time: 111 mins
Rating: MA

The Players: Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker

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