Dimension Films has finally released a trailer for The Road starring Viggo Mortensen and adapted from the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. It is set to be released October 16, 2009. The original release date was slated for last November before being pushed back, but after viewing the trailer it looks like the wait will be more than worth it.
Watch it here or in high-definition on Yahoo.
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The Road is a brilliant story, although extremely depressing, that focuses on a father and son as they make their way across the terrain of a post apocalyptic landscape. As they travel through the shattered visage of what was our picturesque world they come across a number of challenges and strangers. The underlying message of the story is hope, the buzz word for the past year. This may be part of the reason that Esquire calls The Road “the most important movie of this year.”
This marks Cormac McCarthy’s third novel to be adapted for the big screen, his fourth Blood Meridian is in the works as well. The first two (All the Pretty Horses and No Country for Old Men) were both excellent. Although each of his book-to-movie adaptations have been produced and directed by different filmmakers a good story can go a long way, and simply put – McCarthy is one of the best word-slingers alive today.
Alongside Mortensen, as “the man,” are Kodi Smit-McPhee as “the boy,” and Charlize Theron as his wife. Also appearing are Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce, which makes for a pretty solid cast considering how few people appear in the story. John Hillcoat directs and the film is being produced by Nick Wechsler.