Film Version of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road": Something to Look Forward To

So a friend of mine (Yo, Morris) recently sent me this link to a trailer for the film version of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, and Robert Duvall: It looks to be the awesome apocalyptic film of the fall season. That’s a genre rife with laughers and almost-rans, as well as unintentionally funny scenes, such as Charlton Heston pounding the beach before the broken Statue of Liberty (with a bikini-clad babe on horseback behind him) in Planet of the Apes (1968), or crying out “Soylent Green is people!” in Soylent Green (1973). I saw Sean Connery in Zardoz (1974) at the Drive-In, on a high-school date no less: the beach rape scene was not a turn-on, either. Then again there’s Don Johnson in A Boy and His Dog (1975). The apocalyptic films seem to come in clumps, don’t they? The mood of the times. More recently there’s the pretty awful I Am Legend (2007), which had too many ridiculous car-chase scenes and a happy ending that was opposite of the novel’s end—a book weighed down by another stupid vampire plot angle.
Which is all to say that The Road may be, for the apocalyptic genre, The Best Ever. I hope so. From the trailer it looks like Charlize made the mother role quite a bit longer than the novel, where she gets a couple paragraphs before she bows out of existence.

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