The Long Road to… The Road

December 8, 2009 at 1:59 am


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I live in Toronto.  It’s a pretty large city I suppose.  Lots of theaters in Toronto…

What I love about this city is access to limited releases like The Road.  I grew up in Northern Ontario and only the biggest films make the long trek through the snow.  Toronto is different and I’m completely okay with that.

The only problem is finding a theater close by that’s playing the movie.  I like going to matinees before work.  It’s an inspiring way to start your day but if it’s not playing in a theater near me I can’t see it.  There’s just not enough time.

In the case of The Road, I had to wait an extra week for it to expand to a theater I could actually reach and still make it to work for my shift.  Finally, I found a 2pm showing downtown.  Why couldn’t it be the theater down the road from the studio? It takes about 50 minutes to reach the theater from my house so I had to make sure I was ready to go by about 12:30 when my friend stopped by.  This wasn’t as easy as it sounds.

I did not take into account the morning show shift I worked the night before.  Sundays are usually late nights at the studio and I didn’t get home until 4am.  I then quietly laid in bed, blinked and it was 10:58 in the morning.  The first thing that came to mind was:

“I’m so tired…  Who’s idea was this?  I don’t have to work until 6…  That’s 7 hours and 2 minutes I could be sleeping!”

I took a deep breath.

“I really want to see this movie though…  Do I have to make a lunch for work tonight?  I could just buy a sub or something.  That could get me an extra half hour or so.”

15 minutes later…

“I should get up…”

Do you ever have those morning where every inch of your skin has to be under the covers because it’s freezing.  Those are tough, tough mornings to deal with.  I laid there weighing my options until finally thinking to myself:

“Screw it.  It’ll be worth it.”

I jumped out of bed and into the shower in record time to heat myself up.  It was a really tough decision.

Thankfully, The Road was really was worth it.

The Road


I went into the theater (after my long 50 minute journey) expecting a great movie and that’s exactly what I got.  It’s an extremely clever and intense ‘end of the world’ movie that focuses on survival at it’s most basic level.  After I left the theater, I asked myself what I would do in that situation.  Would I be able to kill to stay alive?  Could I handle witnessing some of the horrific things that happen in the story?

It’s a chillingly quiet movie.  There’s very little music and limited but effective conversations between father and son.  It’s a style I love and one of the main reasons why I liked the movie.  A lot of screen time is split  between scavenging for supplies and hiding from the ‘bad guys’.  I say bad guys but there really aren’t any major villains.  The Road is about what separates the good guys from the bad and the blurred line between the two.  The fact that we are given glimpses of these bad people is enough to know what fate awaits them should they be caught.

Deep into the film it becomes apparent that the two main characters cannot tell the difference anymore and must trust their instincts on who will hurt them and who they can trust.  There are so many close calls that push them to the edge where they must choose to fight or finally succumb to defeat and take their own lives.  It’s incredible to watch them struggle to choose.  I should really pick up the book.

In the meantime, I’m going to go ahead and highly recommend The Road.  You may not have a theater nearby playing it but find a way.  It’s worth the trip.

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