The Road has not been well-traveled.
Producers — disappointed in the poor Thanksgiving weekend audience reception — kept the movie made from Cormac McCarthy’s popular end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it book in art houses and a few major market outlets.
Now, it’s opened in Tri-Cities.
Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings) is cast as a man traveling with his young son through apocalyptic America in search of safety and civilization. It’s dark. Cold. Wet. Food is scarce. Danger from cannibals and looters lurks everywhere. The man has two bullets. One for him and one for his son.
Mortensen is never better than when he is a man of few words, which is fortunate because The Road has very little dialogue.
There really isn’t anything to say. You can’t blame audiences for skipping this one. It’s a grind. Each weary, rainy step is agony. Around every corner is more desolation. More destruction. More misery.
On it goes until The Road finally hits a dead end.
Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars
Rated R for violence, mature themes. It opens Friday, Jan. 15 at the Carmike 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.