Thursday, 14 May 2009

The Road Movie Trailer

The RoadThe first movie trailer of the Road, upcoming post-apocalyptic movie based on the book of the same name by, has finally been released:


THE ROAD

10 years from now one event will change the face of the planet...

Wake, Search, Move, Hide

From Cormac McCarthy
Author of
"No country for old men"

At the end of Civilization, an epic journey is about to begin

This Fall
Run, Protect, Sacrifice, Kill

The Road is directed by John Hillcoat and is starring Viggo Mortensen Kodi Smit-McPhee. It will be released in October 2009.
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15 comments:

Hemulen said...

No doubt the actual movie will be nothing like this typical Hollywood trailer, with its "one man.." and over-the-top music.

I'm sure, like that "feelgood hit" Slumdog Millionaire, it'll be an entirely different experience, with John Hillcoats superb direction, and Nick Cave & Warren Ellis' eerie music.

I can understand there being some dramatic licence taken (the wife being more prominent etc), any film adaptation of a novel will do this.

Guy said...

Another great film down the tubes. A prime exmaple of what Hollywood can do to a potentially awesome story. I think the Weinstein brothers kind of missed the whole point of the novel...

The Yogurt King said...

what's with the beginning looking like a "natural disaster?" isn't it post nuclear??

Anonymous said...

It's not post-nuclear. It's post-inhuman event. (either a super volcano like the Wyoming Caldera, or asteroid(s) event). Read the book. And the fact that from the book, I perceived poor visibility and storms of ash...this preview shows neither. And WTF, its supposed to be DARK...

Seahawk said...

The book doesn't state the reason for the disaster. What the book does convey, is a grey, cold and bleak world with no sunlight.The sun never penetrates the cloud cover, so why is it sunny in a couple of scenes? This trailer doesn't come close to what I think Mr. McCarthy had in mind. I hope I'm wrong, for we all know what an amazing piece of literature this is and how it should be portrayed on the big screen; extremely dark and dismal.

Juxles said...

Yeah i dont know why people keep thinking that it was something nuclear. Hands down it was directly linked to super volcano eruptions, those who know anthing about that kind of phenomenon would understand that. And i wouldn't judge too harshly on a 2 minute preview, the movie is hours long, they can't show everything you expect to see in that amount of time.

billykel said...

I believe the author did imply it was post nuclear. On page 52 it reads "The clocks stopped at 1:17. A long shear of light and then a series of low concussions".

Anonymous said...

I think Maccarthy left the apocalypse open because there's this certain too much politics revolving around global warming/climate change, Iran and N.Korea trying to get nukes and so on. A movie needs this certain type of background for a numerous reasons also because it makes people very curious. For me this would have been a distraction from the main center in the book - the exploration of human nature in extreme times. The novel makes a strong statement about the emotional bond between a father and his children, about a man's role and love for his son. Something we all carry and feel deep inside but many times remains behind the main picture because of the mother-child relationship, which over the course of history has developed more dramatic and symbolical nature.

Anonymous said...

Also, the Man's first reaction to the "flash of light" is to fill his bath, implying that the apocalypse had been expected. And there is a reference to people being melted in their cars.
There is nothing definitive in the book, but the nuclear explanation fits the best imho. The volcano and asteroid theories don't work at all.
And where is the dark? The dark, contrasted with the light that the Man and Boy took with them, was a key theme of the book, and one which would have translated well to cinema.
Please, please I hope they have understood the book.

Summer Reading Is Best said...

Just started the book, about 60 pages in. Enjoying it. Read there was a movie on the cover jacket. Looked at the trailer out of curiosity. Sorry I did. Not at all what I'm feeling. Hope they didn't screw it up.

J.Cld said...

The influence of the film will obviously alter reader's consciousness of the impact perhaps even replacing the imagination of the book (as Lord of the Rings once did, sorry Viggo), and since for all it's shortcomings this is a "produced" movie we know that some certain elements will be expected, but I am definitely looking forward to a cinematic capture of the east coast mountains, they look a perfect exactness to what I grew up in. It almost makes me wish they'd do Child of God next!

Summer Reading Is Best said...

Finished the book, couldn't put it down. The darkest tale of humanity I've read. Beautiful, not the kind of material I typically allow into my consciousness. McCarty is a genius. I notice the beautiful world around me more after reading this thing. The movie trailer did effect my interpretation of the book. I can work in post nuclear and natural disaster. I loved it. I can't wait for the film.

Anonymous said...

I finished the book LATE last night. I am still trying to take it all in.
Who was the stranger that found the boy? Is he connected to the guy that stole their possessions? Had he been "casing" them for some time? He seemed to know that the boy and father were not violent.

Anonymous said...

The author has stated that the cataclysmic was "man-made". That, along with the novel making references to clocks stopping and people half melted into the ground would lead most to believe it was a nuclear event.

Anonymous said...

And the jars of home canned food the man would leave for fear of poisoning.

I think the stranger at the end was on the road, too. The kid saw a boy in a town, then the boy was gone. The man told him he could not have seen another boy.