The Counselor (Michael Fassbender) is a lawyer who is about to marry his girlfriend Laura (Penélope Cruz). He is also somehow involved in the drug business through his client Reiner (Javier Bardem) and he’s about to get involved more deeply. And to no one’s surprise except his own, things go very wrong very quickly and it’s all somehow connected to Reiner’s enigmatic girlfriend Malkina (Cameron Diaz).
There were many things I could see going wrong with this film, but what I did not anticipate was that it would be Cormac McCarthy’s writing where things go very wrong. But unfortunately that was the case and the result was a film that was pretty much unbearable.
A man (Viggo Mortensen) and a boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) make their way through a post-apocalyptic landscape. All the plants and animals have died, it’s cold and dirty and they are hungry and all alone. But a promise the man made to his wife (Charlize Theron) keeps them going, trying to reach the coast.
The Road is a good movie with some faults. It lacks the claustrophobic intensity of the original but replaces them with great cinematography and generally good performances.
A father and a son travel through a post-apocalyptic landscape. They’re constantly looking for food, trying to protect themselves from the cold and from what is left of the human population, most of which have turned seriously dangerous.
I don’t know if you can say that I liked the book, or that anybody liked it, for that matter. I mean, it’s exceptionally good, but it’s also exceptionally depressing and bleak. Every second page made me cry. Because of that, I’d urge everyone to read it. Just keep chocolate close.