Profoundly Humane, Beautiful: A Look at ‘The Road’


There’s something so beautiful and captivating about the end of humanity, the last gasping breaths of life as we know it. This is why post-apocalyptic movies have been so popular in recent years. We are fascinated with humanity’s willingness to fight for every last inch — or at least, even if we live in such a time of excess, we want to believe that we could survive at the very end. Such is the captivating element of John Hillcoat’s The Road, based on the sensational novel by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men). It is a film that is a long-time coming, having been delayed time and time again, but it is a film that is about to shake you in ways that you didn’t think possible.

In anticipation of the film’s release, The Weinstein Company has released a brand new behind the scenes featurette that takes us behind the emotional weight of the film. We see much praise of Viggo Mortenson — who delivers a magnificent performance — as well as a great reverence for McCarthy’s visceral text. As well, pay close attention to the few moments spent on Robert Duvall, who absolutely steals the film in mere moments of screentime. The same can be said about Michael K. Williams.

But enough talk. Check out the new featurette below, courtesy of Apple (and beware that it shows off a lot of the film, included scenes from the third act). The Road is in theaters on November 25, 2009.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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