Genre Guesstimation – The Road (2009)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Rebecca of Almost Ginger and we will be reviewing our favorite Travel Film.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Rebecca!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Travel Film……

“I told the boy when you dream about bad things happening, it means you’re still fighting and you’re still alive. It’s when you start to dream about good things that you should start to worry.” – The Man

Number of Times Seen – Twice (10 Jan 2010 and 12 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After an apocalyptic event, a man and his son travel to the coast in search of a better life.

My Take on it – Intriguing idea that doesn’t work as well as one might hope.

The story drags along too much and takes its time which might work better in novel format, but on the screen is can be excruciating to watch.

Viggo Mortenson is great in the lead role and has great chemistry with Kodi Smit-McPhee as his son.

The film has a great premise, but just isn’t able to realize it well enough because of the yearning for a better life and the hope of finding it.

The characters aren’t developed well enough along the way and that hurts things a bit because they don’t give the viewer enough of a reason to truly care about them or their situations along the way.

The film also has some great cameos by Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Guy Pierce and Molly Parker in key roles.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During a preview Q&A screening in London, John Hillcoat revealed that Kodi Smit-McPhee won the role of “The Boy”, partly due to an audition tape sent in by Kodi’s father that showed them re-enacting the scene where the father shows the boy how to kill himself, by placing a pistol in his mouth. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. The idea is grat, but the execution is quite flawed.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – The Road (2009)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur April Finale – Top Ten Travel Movies – Almost Ginger | MovieRob

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