Director: John Hillcoat
This film is based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It follows a father and son (unnamed), as they try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world with only a single pistol for protection. With the ever-present threat of starvation and exposure looming over them, they must also face the dangers of fellow human beings. Though the boy is willing to help those they come across on the road, the wary father is often seen weighing their survival against his own morality and often leans towards the former, often to the boy’s dismay.
The novel by Cormac McCarthy, to me, is a beautifully sad and haunting story and this movie really captured the “feel” of that novel well. Even though you get more from the book being in the father’s head, so to speak, they did really well in representing how bleak the setting is and I felt Viggo Mortensen did a great job in portraying this desperate figure, a man struggling to keep him and his son alive in a dismal world. There wasn’t too much that was cut from the original story, I noticed they even kept some of the more grim scenes. Considering a lot of the book to movie butchering seen these days, it was good to see them stick close to the source material