Tis’ no secret in these circles that Viggo Mortensen is one of our favorite Hollywood actors.
One of the fine actors of our time, Viggo won the Academy Award nomination in 2007 for his role in Eastern Promises but much to our immense chagrin when the envelopes were opened the winner turned out to be Daniel Day-Lewis (There will be Blood).
So, it is with mucho anticipation that we await the release on November 25 of Viggo Mortensen’s new film The Road, a post-apocalyptic movie in the literal sense.
Directed by John Hillcoat, The Road also stars Kodi McPhee, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce. Young Kodi McPhee, who plays Viggo’s son in the movie, has also earned high accolades for his work.
By the way, The Road is based on Cormac McCarthy’s eponymous Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
As father and son make their way south after the apocalypse has wiped out much of human civilization on the planet and turned everything to a fine ash, the duo walk upon a perilous road.
The nights are very cold. There’s not much to eat. And there are unsavory gangs around, the rump of civilization if you will.
Here’s an excerpt of the conversation between the young boy and his father from the book, The Road:
Can I ask you something? he said.
Yes. Of course.
Are we going to die?
Sometime. Not Now.
And we’re still going south.
So we’ll be warm.
Nothing. Just okay.
Go to sleep.
I’am going to blow out the lamp. Is that okay?
Yes. That’s okay.
And then later in the darkness: Can I ask you something?
Yes. Of course you can.
What would you do if I died?
If you died I would want to die too.
So you could be with me?
Yes. So I could be with you.
Betcha a million bucks these lines will find a place in the movie.
Movie buffs will quickly recognize Cormac McCarthy as the author of No Country for Old Men.
You can watch the trailer of The Road here.
Here are the other movies we’ll be watching soon.
* Godavari (Telugu) – This 2006 film features lesser-known Tollywood stars Sumanth, Kamalinee Mukherjee and Neetu Chandra and is directed by Sekhar Kammula.
A love story, Godavari seems to have found favor with the audience.
Most likely, our Netflix DVD (we hope to receive it tomorrow) will come with English subtitles.
* Bandhana (Kannada) – In the 1980s, Bandhana created quite a stir in the South Indian state of Karnataka.
The Kannada language movie resonated with fine songs and had a decent cast comprising of Vishnuvardhan, Suhasini and Aswath.
Noorondu Nenapu and Ee Bandhana cast a spell over legions of Vishnuvardhan fans.