Please Explain to Me Why The Road Trailer Sucks


The Road should be awesome. It’s written by Cormac McCarthy (who wrote No Country for Old Men), it stars great actors Viggo Mortenson and Charlize Theron, and it’s an excellent story of a man and son surviving the aftermath of the apocalypse.

So when I see the trailer and all I can think of is Day After Tomorrow meets I Am Legend meets Doomsday, that’s not a good sign, because all of those movies totally sucked. However, I have faith that the actual movie is still going to be good, and this trailer is just cut and scored extremely poorly, and I’ll wait to see something else before I make any further judgements.

  • Josh

    I’ve never read the book. I almost picked up a copy back in November when I saw one with Mortensen on the cover (since I have always loved his work). But I gotta say that after watching the trailer last night, I am mildly interested. I mean, it’s not going to match District 9 but I think this is going to be one solid film.

  • Muppet Baby

    Damn – this doesn’t match the scope and magnitude of the book at all!! It looks like a typical doomsday feature! Crap! I guess the reason could be to lure in people who didn’t read the book and then- WHAM!- hit them with a more artistic film (I hope)

  • Dude

    I am legend didn’t suck.

  • e

    You wanna know why this trailer looks so sucky? If you’ve read “The Road”, or any other of McCarthy’s novels, you know that they don’t really have plots. What makes the novels so great is that they’re beautifully written. Good syntax is hard to film and (it would seem) impossible to sell. So what else is there in the novel that they could put in the trailer? The color gray…check.

    And really there’s not that much left that can be put into a trailer to make it look enticing to those of us who would rather not be inconvenienced by reading. The easiest way to do this is to add a few random explosions, of course.

    Sorry, I try not to rant on the internet too often, but you asked and I’ve been wondering the same thing myself 🙂

  • Madison

    @ e

    I read the book, too, and you’re right: it’s far more concerned with the relationship between the boy and the man than it is with where they’re going. There are going to be lots of changes, I’m guessing.

  • scott

    the book sucks

  • scott sucks

    you suck

  • zomgmouse

    The copy of The Road I read had a blue-grey cover, and so the whole time I imagined the story to be blue-grey. The trailer, IMO, had too much yellow and red to match the style of the book. I see they’re playing up the relationship between the man and his deceased wife. Also, where in the book were there so many gunfights? The book’s virtue was its ability to maintain a languid pace but at the same time keep me concerned, intrigued and reading.
    I was looking forward to a film version of The Road, but now I am not going anywhere near it.

  • Madison

    @ zomgmouse

    I imagined the story, from reading the book, to be all grey and black with no other color whatsoever. Everything McCarthy describes is like burnt ash.

    I do not have high expectations for this movie.

  • Watched the Film

    I watched this movie, finished it not even a minute ago, and I have to say the movie was horrible. all through out the movie the kid’s annoying poor acting and whining made it unbearable!

  • Neceros

    Oh my god.

    This movie was pure junk. The ONLY reason I sat through the whole thing was to see if it got any better, and it didn’t. PURE GARBAGE.