5 A genuine masterpiecekingofcards | 12/04/2010 | See all kingofcards's reviews (1)I rarely write reviews on sites like this, but as some of the other reviewers seem to have completely missed the point about the film I'll offer a different take. I genuinely believe The Road to be one of the true masterpieces of modern cinema, a beautifully poignant, thought provoking, intelligent and mature take on the post-apocalyptic scenario which is daringly different to the usual Hollywood end-of-the-world fare. Set against the backdrop of a recently occurred major disaster (the details of which are left to the viewers imagination, creating a real sense of unease and confusion which ties in with how the characters are feeling, rather than making it "pointless" as others have suggested), the story simply follows the journey of an unnamed father and son in their attempts to remain alive in a world of few survivors. Yes it is impossibly bleak in tone and setting, yet there is such a dark beauty to the cinematography which perfectly gets across Cormac McCarthy's original vision. The casting, performances (particularly the boy who is astonishing), pacing and story are utterly faithful to the novel which is brave, not least because of one particularly harrowing scene and the moving ending... clearly not everyone gets it but I've not been as moved by a film for a very long time, so it's worth taking a chance on.