Recently, Neil and I have been arguing a lot about Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.” It’s his position that the brilliance of the book lies in its ability to be an intimate story set against the backdrop of a major Apocalyptic event, taking a look at the scope of humanity as it would play out against a brand new world. It’s my position that Neil’s illiterate and that reading the book upside down while wearing a smoking jacket doesn’t make him sound insightful.

Book Club dramatics aside, there’s finally a full trailer for the film adaptation of what is either a brilliant novel or a rambling piece of blather. Whichever the case, it looks like John Hillcoat has made something intense and startling:

That first shot of the ships hung out to dry against the burnt sky is a fantastic one, and it look like a large amount of the aesthetic will be similar. Dark, grungy, unshaven. Speaking of which, if you’d like to see how unshaven Viggo Mortensen can look in hi-def, check out the version of the trailer over at Yahoo.

The Road hits theaters on October 16, 2009.

By the way, it anyone else getting a Squeal-Like-A-Pig vibe from that hick who wants to kidnap The Boy?

What do you think?

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