If you don’t run home from the theaters and jump into a shower after watching John Hillcoat’s “The Road”, I’m not sure if the Aussie director won’t think he’s completely failed. I’ve never read Cormac McCarthy’s book of the same name, but I’ll be damn if the words “bleak”, “depressing”, and “slit your wrist from depression” doesn’t appear in every single article I’m reading on the movie. (OKay, maybe not the last part, but definitely the first two.) USA Today has followed the New York Times with an article on the making of the movie’s dark world, which follows a nameless man and his son as they try to survive a post-apocalyptic America.
“It’s tangible, the misery and hopelessness and the bleakness,” Mortensen says. “It gives you much more to work with if you’re filming in that world instead of a green screen.
“You have to bring a story to life in a movie in a way you don’t have to in a book — even a book as powerful as that.”
But Mortensen says that, like the book, the film adaptation is more than bleak imagery.
“I spoke with Cormac before we started shooting,” he says. “I think what’s made this story so universally loved is because it’s really about protecting your child, no matter what the circumstances.
“At its core, it’s a love story.”
The USA Today article can be found here, which also includes a number of new images from the movie.
Starring Charlize Theron, Viggo Mortensen, Guy Pearce, Robert Duvall, Garret Dillahunt, Michael K. Williams, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Bob Jennings, Jeremy Ambler, and directed by John Hillcoat.