The Road trailer arrives online

The post-apocalyptic drama thriller gets a promo

The first trailer for John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is now online, and you can watch it below.

The film, which was shoved back from last year’s Oscar race because it needed more post-production time, follows an unnamed man (Viggo Mortensen) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as they travel through a ravaged America.

Civilization has fallen thanks to some unspecified apocalypse and now the world is a living hell, with packs of random thugs scavenging from other survivors.

And how does this promo – which the director has worried would be too traditional, and he's a fairly right – make it look? In one phrase: utterly bleak.

But also, amazing. It appears to be a brave adaptation of a difficult book to happen along for a while and we can’t wait to see it.

Check out the trailer below (warning: don’t watch it if you’re unhappy; it won’t cheer you up at all) and let us know your thoughts...


    • achwell180

      May 15th 2009, 10:15

      Trailer is pants, but i'm sure the film will be great

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    • aelmo1

      May 15th 2009, 14:36

      pants?? wtf? loads of peeps over at slashfilm were saying this looks like a bad trailer! am i missing something or what, cos i thought this looked really good. dont people understand the studios will always try and advertise a movie for as wide an audience as possible! geez, just take a look at what happened to watchmen, the tv spots for that tried to make it look like x-men (but more colorful)

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    • Aureleon

      May 15th 2009, 16:04

      Won´t cheer me up? I´m lit up like a christmas tree. Go Mortensen and Hillcoat!

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    • MadMatt

      May 16th 2009, 2:36

      What's so terrible about a studio wanting to make the difficult film they've invested in heavily look like something people might actually want to see? I thought that was a very promising trailer, to be honest. Looking forward to this.

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