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The Road
   Director: John Hillcoat, 118 mins, MA

Through his brilliant adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s bleak novel, Australian director John Hillcoat (The Proposition) has crafted a stark and deeply moving story of a father and son’s struggle for survival in post apocalyptic America.
   Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings) is exceptional as the caring father with young Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee (Romulus, My Father) providing a great performance as the son.
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   There is also the wonderful presence from Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron (Monster), who appears as the departed but despondent wife in the father’s dreams.
   The brief appearance of Robert Duvall (The Godfather) as an old man walking along the same road is worth a mention, as is that of Australian actor Guy Pearce (The Time Machine) who together with his family provides the ultimate consolation to the son at a time of his greatest need.
   Hillcoat has gone to great lengths to deliver a surreal movie which is demonstrated by his use of dark colours throughout the entire production, which is set against a background of complete devastation of townships and the countryside.
   He also shows the stark reality of father and son enduring starvation, elemental deprivation and the constant threat of cannibalistic gangs.
   Despite the harsh truthfulness of some of the scenes, it is the touching moments between the father and son including their belief in humanity that stand out and epitomise the strength of Hillcoat’s magnificent  movie.
   This is one difficult road that needs to be experienced.

VIC'S VERDICT:       4 ½ Rubber Stamps


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