Images can only do so much, even in film. When director John Hillcoat and writer Joe Penhall decided to turn Cormac McCarthy’s grim fable The Road into a film, they were setting themselves up for failure. When the Coen brothers filmed McCarthy’s previous novel, No Country for Old Men, they had a property just begging to be filmed: Its drumming plot and sawed-off dialogue were like a primitive projection system unspooling in the reader’s mind…
The Road opens in limited release today. See it if you dare. Read the full review at filmcritic.com.