The Road


Just got back from the movies.  I saw The Road, based on a book of the same name by Cormac McCarthy.  I liked the movie but I will have a hard time recommending it to anyone.  Especially if the viewer hasn’t had the psychological preparation of having read and come to terms with the book.  If you are sympathetic with one or more of the current apocalyptic theories making the rounds today it would help too.    I mean this movie is bleak. 

I must admit that, even though I can logically accept the possibility of human catastrophe and even the collapse of civilization, I have a hard time accepting the full implications of these ideas.  I expect most of us fall into that category.  The Road forces you to face those ultimate negative outcomes, however, by unflinchingly serving up the worst case scenario as the theme of the movie.  The glimmer of optimism at the end of book is preserved in the movie but it isn’t enough to keep your jaw off the floor as you are exiting the theatre.  See this movie during the day.  You will need to see the blue skies when you are done.

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