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Old 07-24-13, 06:00 PM
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

Originally Posted by Troy Stiffler
Yea whatever. You guys claimed that the guy in Drive was retarded. And there's a thread in Other from someone who is paranoid about their kid being autistic.

For some reason, you people always go to that.
I've never seen Drive nor have I ever commented on it or its characters.

Originally Posted by DaveyJoe
I don't know about that. Aren't children naturally more naive and trusting? That's why we have to teach them about "stranger danger." Adults are naturally more cynical, and I would expect more so after watching civilization collapse.
Except that said children are usually not surrounded by the extreme environmental conditions this child has been exposed two. He's not your typical suburb or city kid. He's basically a Mad Max 2 kid.
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

Originally Posted by RocShemp
Except that said children are usually not surrounded by the extreme environmental conditions this child has been exposed two. He's not your typical suburb or city kid. He's basically a Mad Max 2 kid.
I'm not sure I'd claim that anything in Mad Max 2 was more realistic than this movie. I can't say for sure how a child raised in this environment would act. I definitely liked this movie more than you did, but I can understand why you might have issues with the kid.
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

I'm pretty sure the little boy was dead the whole time. He said goodbye to his father and went to heaven at the end.
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

Originally Posted by RocShemp
I expect someone raised in a violent, cannibalistic world, with a father who mistrusts everyone to not be some damned trusting. I'd also expect him to be more cynical than his own father because, unlike his father, he has no former good times to think back on.

Far more believable would be to see the father struggling to hold onto the last shred of his humanity while watching helplessly as his son grows into the product of the world they now find themselves in.
There was an evolution to the social breakdown... the kid was born at the begining when people were probably trying to figure out WTF comes next. When no help came and it was "every man for hiimself" you would expect behaviors and perceptions to then change drastically. I always assumed the kid was raised protected by most elements for a longer time than normal(given the nice house and using the piano for firewood) and had an overly protective father due to the mother leaving... or the kids a re-tard.
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

Originally Posted by Troy Stiffler
I'm pretty sure the little boy was dead the whole time. He said goodbye to his father and went to heaven at the end.
M. Night Shyamalan's The Road
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

It's old, but I recently came across this, and I love it. I want to buy a print of it.

bigger version:
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

I fucking love that book.
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I bought it because the pages were posted in the random picture thread. It's now my kid's favourite book.
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The bear's face of realization is awesome.
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The simple power of the book is amazing (I'm talking about I Want My Hat Back not The Road, however it's true of both.) The all red page scares my five year old. There's nothing on the page but red, but it scares the shit out of her. Something very primordial.

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There's a red page in the novel? I listened to a very good audiobook version.
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

^^ You guys just got me to order this and the sequel book from Amazon for my 6 year old
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I wouldn't recommend that. It's a really disturbing book full of nihilistic violence and cannibalism.
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

Is that from some stupid bitch's review on Amazon? Cuz I remember reading a customer comment like that. Stupid bitch.
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

Originally Posted by Solid Snake
Is that from some stupid bitch's review on Amazon? Cuz I remember reading a customer comment like that. Stupid bitch.
he's talking about THE ROAD
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

Lot of confusion here. Move to book talk.
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

What is this "book talk" you speak of? www.booktalk.com?
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<iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/36749324?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=ffffff" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

Originally Posted by hanshotfirst1138
I wouldn't recommend that. It's a really disturbing book full of nihilistic violence and cannibalism.
The Hat Book for my Kid (and no, I have NO idea why it's in this thread)

I did read The Road - it was excellent.
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

Originally Posted by Rob V
The Hat Book for my Kid (and no, I have NO idea why it's in this thread)
The print I posted a few days ago was made by the guy who wrote and illustrated the book.

I did read The Road - it was excellent.
I always planned to, but never got around to it. I will need to fix that.
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

Way late to the party (and very amused by the book talk that ended this thread) ...

All these years later, I knew next to nothing about this movie. Just watched this on Netflix though. Now I need therapy.

It was refreshing to see a couple of (knowingly) wrong comments here. One that poked at my mind was whether or not the kid was actually his son. It seems a given (and is, outside of the film) but there is even a line in the movie where The Man says something along the lines of "I don't know if he is my child, but he is my ward."

I had a very strong Rick Grimes vibe the whole time, and started having a similar reaction to the character. For those who don't frequent Walking Dead threads in TV, I cannot stand the "hero" of the show. I find hm to be an insufferable twat who couldn't make a right decision if he had only one option. I started to have those same feelings about The Man and this movie helped me to understand some of that ... Which leads us to:

The criticisms of The Boy's reactions at the end. The scene with the thief serves to explain this, as does the scene with the "other kid" and a later bit of dialogue by The Boy. The Man's hardened reactions to everything and everyone left The Boy wondering if the two of them were indeed still "good guys". By the end, The Boy still loved his father (really the only person he had ever known) but was no longer convinced of him being a "good guy". The father had become selfish and singularly focused on their survival.

Debating if I want to read the book or not. I'm already in a bit of an emotional funk (mild depression?), so it may not be good idea ...
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

^^ The book is great. I need to go back and watch the film again... it's one of the most disturbing movies I've watched.
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

The book is indeed great. One of my favorite writers.
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Re: 'The Road' - Nov. 2008

I just happened to watch this again over the weekend. Loved the book and saw it in the theaters and a couple times since. Such a bleak movie but I think it's very effective. I don't think the father in this is quite as irredeemable as Rick is on the Walking Dead. I don't remember the exact timeframe but I'm pretty sure the people in The Road have been living in the apocalypse a lot longer than the Walking Dead folks. It's got to be at least a few years whereas I'm not sure it's even been much longer than a year in Walking Dead time - I mean the grass has hardly grown!

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