Went to see 'The Road' today, an incredible if grim experience into an apocalyptic world where humanity lies on the brink.
The plot essentially follows a father and son in their desperate struggle to survive in a world where humanity seems all but lost. In such a scenario, their relationship is heartfelt and touching which will definitely pull at the heartstrings. With some testing choices full of moral ambiguities, it leaves one in thought as to what is the right thing to do in such a situation, to be the 'good guys'. Ultimately, the two are thrust into scenarios and confronted with choices that no one should ever have to make, for a tension driven tale of survival.
In a desolate setting, the environments are actually quite stunning with a distinct tone and atmosphere of lost, ruin and abandonment that is consistent throughout. Not once was I left in doubt as to the believability of the world presented, bearing a grim realism in stark contrast to the bright and colourful environments of Avatar.
What I particularly liked from the film, was in its ability to avoid typical Hollywood moments and structure, but rather staying true to the story itself for an ultimately fresh and captivating appeal. Leaving moments hidden with a distinct sense of ambiguity, continues to have a much greater impact and effect on the audience, rather than to show or explain every explicit detail.
It was truly a touching movie to watch - one which will certainly stay with me for quite some time. While it may understandably not appeal to everyone with such a grim tone, I certainly recommend it to experience a well paced and executed plot, as well as capturing the essence of the bond between father and son.