Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Road



My review of The Road, John Hillcoat's film of Cormac McCarthy's novel, is up at Cinefantastique Online.

I haven't read McCarthy's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, but plan to soon. I found very horrifying and moving, with wonderful performances and a very effective visual design. This post-apocalyptic world is horrifyingly plausible, and very thought-provoking. It seems that survivalism has been quietly increasing out there, and not long ago I blogged about the phenomenon of "green survivalism" which is a new twist on the old stereotype. Hoarding antibiotics and ammunition has, for some people, been augmented by learning how to grow and preserve food. And if McCarthy's vision of the future is accurate, there will definitely be a need for food preservation, as there won't be a single tree, shrub or blade of grass left, much less any animals. I think this film ought to be required viewing for anyone in a position of power who makes decisions regarding our nuclear, agricultural or military future. But then, I doubt anyone would actually learn anything.

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greensurvivalism said...

The road was a great movie. The scenario in the movie seems to have been an all out nuclear holocaust. The theory is enough nuclear explosions could kick up clouds of dust in that atmosphere that would choke out the sun for years. Same idea as a major asteroid impact. Obviously, no sun is catastrophic for plant life and there would be a mass starvation. Well, I suppose we could all eat mushroom soup for a while, right?

However, in the event of a long term supply chain breaking tragedy, having the skills to grow your own food would make your life much better. Self reliance and efficiency tend to cut out a lot of needless waste.

There's a lot of crossover between the green and sustainability culture and the backwoods off grid survivalist crowd. At their roots, they are trying to provide for themselves and become self reliant. This is a good thing, less reliance on the military industrial complex and global food chain and a carbon neutral house is very green.

I'm starting a blog about these issues, as I've followed this stuff for years.