Based on the 2006 novel of the same name by ‘Cormac McCarthy‘, This film follows an unnamed father (portrayed by ‘Lord of the rings’ star ‘Viggo Mortensen‘) and his young son (portrayed by ‘Kodi Smit-McPhee’) in a post-apocalyptic world as they search for food,shelter and warmth.
The man and boy spend the duration of this film traveling south in the hope that it will be warmer. Along the way they aim to avoid ‘the bad guys’ these are people who have resorted to stealing, murder and cannibalism. Dream and flashback sequences show how the man’s wife committed suicide after giving birth to the boy into a world of no hope.
Although the story is set in a post-apocalyptic world, where people will do anything to survive, do not see this film if you are expecting an action-adventure film. The true charm of this film comes from the father-son relationship and their different approaches to the world around them. The father will do anything in his power to keep his boy alive (however he carries a gun with 2 bullets in it in case he needs to hasten the end)
Kodi as the young boy really makes this film as the heart, His father has lost all sense of hope about the world around him which is evidenced throughout the film, where as the boy still believes their is good in the world around him.(no matter how misplaced that belief may be at times.) Kodi also plays the role fantastically as he gives off the impression of the naivety of a child, yet gives the impression that his character is wise beyond his years.
In conclusion: I loved this film, however it is definitely NOT a film to watch if you wish to leave the cinema with a smile on your face. I find it hard to believe that even the most hardened of movie goers could sit through this film without feeling at least a little bit upset and sad for the characters situations. This film is not all doom and gloom however, as it does offer brief moments of hope in a world where community is long gone.