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THE ROAD trailer looks different than I imagined… by COOP

Posted on May 15th, 2009
Posted on May 15th, 2009

I read this book over a year ago and it still has an emotional resonance with me. It’s a grim and depressing story about a father and son trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Sounds like the usual, gritty sci-fi fare but what you may not know is this work gained notoriety as a famed Oprah “Book of the Month” Club book. Shocking, I know. Written by Cormac McCarthy (of “No Country for Old Men” fame), this book is now considered the pinnacle of literature. Students are studying it at universities, critics are singing it’s genius and people who hate sci-fi are loving it.

Now the trailer for the film version is upon us. What shocks me is how commercial it seems compared to the artsy tone of the book. It appears to even show a prologue to the events leading up to the nuclear holocaust, something not touched upon in the book. I supposed it’s to give certain characters more screen time. I’m a little disappointed that they are going this route considering how slowly paced and methodical the book was. This looks more like an action flick with an obligatory “Youraagh!!!” scream thrown in for good measure (click here to learn the difference between the “Youraagh!!!” and the “Wilhelm” screams!)

Directed by John Hillcoat, It stars Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smidt-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall (who the hell would he be playing?), and Guy Pearce.

Take a look at the trailer here and comment below.

-Coop

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