Thursday, January 07, 2010
Well this is the latest film in, "The end of the world" series. I really saw nothing new in this format and was wondering why critics were praising this film?
The plot is very simple for this film. The world has suffered an unknown apocalypse. All of the plant life and animals have been destroyed. People are now eating each other and the moral compass of humanity no longer exist. We are shown a father and son who are trying to stay alive in this new world.
The film shows that man has become the animal that is lost and will do anything to survive. Some of the film will show you very graphic reminders of this fact. The Korean audience that I saw the film with was covering their eyes and trying not to see hell on Earth.
The film has some great cameos by Robert Duvall, Guy Pierce and Charlize Theron as the Wife, who can not forgive herself for allowing her son to be born into this world and her solution to this problem causes the family to carry this scar for the rest of the film.
I really didn't feel anything for this film. I can see a good film in here but the film just left me flat. I didn't really hate this film but I did not leave the theater, wanting to tell the world to see it either. If you like this type of film then please see it at the movie theater. If you do not like this type of film, then you might want to pass on this one.
During the credits, I heard sounds of "The Man's" past. Happy memories that the viewer must interpret for themselves.
The Man: The clocks stopped at one seventeen one morning. There was a long shear of bright light, then a series of low concussions. Within a year there were fires on the ridges and deranged chanting. By day the dead impaled on spikes along the road. I think it's October but I can't be sure. I haven't kept a calender for five years. Each day is more gray than the one before. Each night is darker - beyond darkness. The world gets colder week by week as the world slowly dies. No animals have survived. All the crops are long gone. Someday all the trees in the world will have fallen. The roads are peopled by refugees towing carts and road gangs looking for fuel and food. There has been cannibalism. Cannibalism is the great fear. Mostly I worry about food. Always food. Food and our shoes. Sometimes I tell the boy old stories of courage and justice - difficult as they are to remember. All I know is the child is my warrant and if he is not the word of God, then God never spoke.