John Hillcoat has taken this dark and brooding story and turned it into something so cinematic yet still maintaining an absolutely faithful adaptation. I had read in an interview with him a while back where he said he was planning on adding a bit more color to this movie because an audience ‘doesn’t want to look at grey for 2 hours.’ Well if he did he made it very very subtle because the color scheme works entirely. It’s still very grey and still very dark. The scope of this movie is unbelievable with vast and detailed landscapes representing a dead world. These shots are accompanied by voiceovers spoken by The Man from passages taken directly from the book. As far as the visual aspects go and how much we are allowed to see of this world is niether overdone or underdone. It’s not JUST a forest and it’s not The Day After Tomorrow. The artistic direction really substitutes for the writing in the book and helped to give me the same feeling I got when I read it. A perfect balance.
So we have these seven performances that make up this movie.
Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Garret Dillahunt and Michael K. Williams all have one scene each of very important characters, all of which give us a very good portrait of every aspect of this society. I could go off on each of them and how they gave each role so much and why it worked so well with the world of the movie but this review would be far too long. They’re all just great.
Five new stills from The Road emerged online yesterday. No word on the trailer or release date yet.
“I play the Gang Member, and they meet up with a pretty nasty road gang toward the beginning, in the first quarter,” Dillahunt said in an interview on Tuesday in Los Angeles, where he was promoting Fox’s Sarah Connor Chronicles. “Yeah, in the truck. And me and Viggo have a great scene in the woods where I try to take his son. The big fight in the woods.”
Dillahunt said the film shot in winter in rural Pennsylvania, a bleak setting that mirrored the book’s grim landscape, which Dillahunt described as “beautiful in its spareness.”
“We shot in just horrific places, you know,” Dillahunt said. “We found this incredible stretch of road that hadn’t been used since 1964, outside of Pittsburgh, these incredible tunnels and everything, really spooky, and the trees are bare, freezing cold. And I think they assembled a group of people that’s very interested in preserving the book.” The movie is directed by John Hillcoat and written by Joe Penhall.
Dillahunt—who, unlike many of his characters, is the nicest guy possible—says the role made him wonder how he’d react in similar circumstances. “I like to think I’d be like Viggo’s character or Guy Pearce’s character, you know? I’d like to think that that’s how I’d respond to that crisis. But if I’m starving, I wonder what I would do. I’m pretty certain that it wouldn’t be cannibalism.”
Still, Dillahunt said that he had to get into the mindset of a cannibalistic marauder. “I had more sympathy for the guy when I tried to think of it in those terms,” he said, but added with a smile: “That might have been… too kind.”
The Road was mentioned in an article at Creators.com today:
The Coen brothers brought the already-popular novelist Cormac McCarthy to the attention of a much bigger share of the mass audience when they turned his book “No Country for Old Men” into an Oscar-winning movie. Now McCarthy’s latest novel, “The Road,” will hit theaters in 2009 with Viggo Mortensen starring. His co-star Garret Dillahunt, who also had the distinction of being in “No Country for Old Men” says fans will be more than pleased with the adaptation. “It’s incredibly faithful to the book and rightfully so. It’s just as faithful to the book as ‘No Country’ was. You can never match the descriptive power of a book, but I think it’s such a beautiful tale,” claims Dillahunt of the story about a father and son who journey together many months after a great, unexplained cataclysm. “I think people are going to be pretty blown away by the thing.”
Dillahunt’s only regret is that he has never met the famous author of the words he has had the pleasure of reciting. “Cormac came on the set of ‘No Country’ and ‘The Road,’ but of course never when I was around, which is a shame because I’m a geek about writers,” he admits. “I seldom get star struck, but when the writer comes around, I get completely tongue-tied. I’m dying to meet him. I think that’s why I work so hard to get in his movies.” [Creators.com]
A couple of websites are reporting that The Road will be released in February.
The Road February 20 – The Road is post-apocalyptic thriller with some big talent in the form of Viggo Mortensen, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron. No luck finding a trailer on the net, but I’m betting site unseen that it will be good. [Winter Movie Preview]
“The Road.” Author Cormac McCarthy’s novel, “No Country for Old Men,” was adapted into Oscar gold last year. Now, his latest novel, “The Road,” has been adapted into a movie starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. This is the story of a nameless father and son doing all they can to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. McCarthy’s storyline is the stuff of science fiction but his style is the stuff of high literature. It will be curious to see how these elements translate into film. Scheduled for release on Feb. 19. [VDT View]
And here is a UPI press release dated December 28 that says the release date has not been set yet:
U.S. actor Viggo Mortensen says his involvement in the dark movies, “Good” and “The Road,” have helped him focus on the important things in life.
The “Eastern Promises” star said the movies about Nazi Germany and an apocalyptic world, respectively, altered his outlook on the world by making him a more active member of society and social circles, the New York Post reported Sunday.
“It makes you value paying attention, you know what I mean? As a family member, or friend or member of society, if you don’t pay attention or you don’t participate to some degree, then you can’t complain later if that person leaves you, or your country gets out of control,” the 50-year-old actor said.
Mortensen said it was unfortunate the release date for “Road,” a film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s popular novel, was rescheduled from November to an undisclosed time in 2009.
“I would have loved to see it come out now, because it’s moving into winter and that seems appropriate, story-wise,” he said of the bleak movie’s original release date.
And if that’s not confusing enough, this is what Mortensen told AICN about a month ago:
My understanding is that they know that they’ve got a story that a lot of people want to see, because of the book. And, the people that read the book, which are many, were very moved by it and by this relationship between this boy and this man, in particular, in that setting. And, I think that they are really aware of the fact that they’ve got one chance to do it, and if there’s any little things that they still want to work on a little more, to get it just right, whether it’s the music –I don’t know what it is — a variety of things, they want to do it right. And, if you rush it out before you feel in good conscience it’s there … So, I am disappointed. I wanted to see it. I want to see how it is.
But, if they think they need a little more time, then I’d rather they took it than didn’t. There’s the thought, ‘Well, maybe, we can sneak in and get an award, nomination or something, or make some money right now’. And, then, you think about it later and go, ‘Well, if we only had done this and that, we really would have finished it, and then they really would have liked it’ or something. It doesn’t bother me that much.
What I hope they don’t do is then just put it out in February or something. I hope they wait and do it at the right time. I don’t know.