The Road

I thought this movie was very well done. The storyline is dark and hopeless. A man and his son are walking through post-apocalyptic America. The sun doesn’t come out, the weather is cold, everything is dark, gray, and dreary

Hungry and dirty, the pair head south looking for a warmer atmosphere while escaping from cannibals and thieves.

At some point they stumble across an old bomb shelter full of canned goods and other resources. Someone prepared for a catastrophic event but evidently didn’t live long enough to use it.

They come across an old man played by Robert Duvall (who I didn’t even recognize at first!) and The Man and Old Man have this conversation that is very deep, however short it is. It had me thinking a lot about preparedness.

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Old Man: I knew this was coming; this or something like it. There were warnings. Some people thought it was a con. I always believed in it.
The Man: Did you try to get ready for it?
Old Man: What would you do? Even if you knew what to do, you wouldn’t know what to do. But supposing… [chuckling]…you were the last man alive?
The Man: How would you now that, that you were the last man alive?
Old Man: Well, I don’t guess you’d know it. You’d just be it.
The Man: Maybe God would know.
Old Man: God would know what… God wouldn’t know what he knows. If there is a God up there, he would have turned his back on us by now. And whoever made humanity will find no humanity here.

If you have a slow Sunday, maybe you should check this movie out. It’s not fast moving, it’s certainly no action film, and the characters are far from heroic. It is a deep look at the darker side of humanity. A thought provoking film.

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