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The Road (2009)
One of the best post-apocalyptic movies of all time.
This is not the usual heroic tale of a father and son trying to survive and, meanwhile, ending up saving the world. This is a story of a father and son trying to survive, in a dystopian future, in complete solitude and loneliness. Period.
The cause of the apocalypse is never explained of referenced, but I think everybody accepts the post-nuclear war scenario. Seriously, this is not a world I would like to live in . At all. That's what makes a dystopian movie really good to watch.
Director John Hillcoat did a great work adapting Cormac McCarthy's homonym book. He captured the dystopian idea of the book very well. The cinematography is one of the best I have seen in this genre of movie.
Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and an almost unrecognizable Guy Pearce did a very good acting job, as it was expected. But the greatest honor must go to Kodi Smit-McPhee.
A great representation of what the world will become in this worst-case scenario. Also, the film explores the best and worst of mankind in this dystopian scenario, the anarchy and chaos that rules the world.
The father (Viggo Mortensen) understands that the most important thing is surviving, no matter what. The kid (Kodi Smit-McPhee) does not have this cynical attitude and coldness as his father, instead, he knows that surviving is nothing if we have to break our own moral codes. That's why he says "no dad" when his father is about to shoot someone. He represents the clean and friendly conscience of his own father.