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Hit 'The Road' with Viggo Mortensen

Last fall, a whole new audience found Cormac McCarthy. The venerable author has been at it for decades, but the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men sparked a real interest in his work, which had already been heralded as being among the best work in the English language between 1925 and 2005 (Blood Meridian) and had won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2007 for The Road.

So now, to most informed moviegoers, they have an idea of what Cormac McCarthy is all about even if they've never read him. That should add to the interest for the film version of The Road, which will open in November. It's a post-apocalyptic journey with a father (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and we don't know why the world has suffered this cataclysmic event, only that it has, and that civilization is more or less a thing of the past.

USA Today premiered some new photos from The Road this week, and they certainly evoke a dreary post-apocalyptic landscape.

Can this movie win Best Picture and give McCarthy two straight Oscars? Well, if the Pulitzer wasn't enough, and if it wasn't being heralded as one of the most important works of fiction and environmentalism of the decade, and if being pinned as the best novel of the past quarter century by Entertainment Weekly wasn't enough, this was also featured on Oprah's Book Club last summer. And we know you don't mess with O.

Reader Comments (5)

My week is complete. Two great looking Viggo Mortenson movies out by the end of the year and no killer sand storm in sight!

I can't wait!

Friday, August 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWill

Is it me or does this look like "The Postman 2"? Ford-Lincoln-Mercury looks like he's gone CRAZY!

Friday, August 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLost Wilson

Why you gotta hate on The Postman? It will be remembered for the great movie it was oneday, just you watch! And besides! Ford Lincoln Mercury DIED!

But you'd know that if you'd ever watched it, now wouldn't you?

Friday, August 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKC

This movie looks amazing... John Hillcoat is a great director (The Proposition). I also can't wait to hear the music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis who were unbelievable on Proposition and The Assassination of Jesse James By That Coward Robert Ford.

Friday, September 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGatFinch

What a horrible, dreary movie. Lacking in plot, dialog or anything of entertainment or enlightenment. One of the worst movies I've ever seen. I hope his books are better.

Saturday, June 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJimS

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