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Post-Apocalyptic Denzel!! THE BOOK OF ELI Trailer Is Now Online!!

Merrick here...
Apple has posted a trailer for THE BOOK OF ELI, starring Denzel Washington as a man on a mission in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. He posses a book he believes can make things right... This comes to us from Joel Silver and The Hughes Brothers (DEAD PRESIDENTS, MENACE II SOCIETY, FROM HELL). Gaze upon it...


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  • July 23, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST


    by Human_Bean_Juice_

  • July 23, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST

    replace Will Smith with Denzel...

    by Titus05

    otherwise known as I Am Legend 2

  • July 23, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST


    by one_guy_from_andromeda_

    sorry, what was this article about again?

  • July 23, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Is This Hancock 2?

    by Crow3711

    That was quick.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Nice to see...

    by guido505

    Oldman as the heavy again. I do bELIve I'll be seeing this one. Hehe. Sorry, couldn't resist.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:45 p.m. CST

    I do love me a post apocalyptic film..

    by sfgeek

    Looks appealing for the most part. I'll partake.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Sure, I'm there. I could watch or read post-apocalyptic...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...stories all day. I worry that the field is getting crowded recently money is on THE ROAD.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Bad title... I kept passing up the trailer all day.

    by Chewtoy

    I don't know what I thought it was... maybe some kind of Iraq war movie or something. It looks interesting so far, though... at least now that I've watched it.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Mila Kunis!!!

    by Kobaal


  • July 23, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    District 9

    by OzzyManDiaz

    Drinking nothing but Tabasco hot sauce, then coercing your niece into a blowjob, only to have her spit his fire semen into your eyes as you catch them in the act, THIS AUGUST.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Comic Con 'Avatar' Footage HERE www.NukeTheFridge.COM

    by nijamanner

  • July 23, 2009, 11:53 p.m. CST

    I hope this is good.

    by Mennen

  • July 23, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Fallout 3: The Movie

    by GoDFaDDa42

    Complete with crumbling overpasses, sepia tone everything, and junk towns.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:55 p.m. CST

    didn't we see clips from these months ago?

    by BadMrWonka

    strange they let clips out before the actual trailer...<p>looks like a decent flick, but hardly groundbreaking. it'll be interesting to see if Denzel can continue his hot streak with a sci-fi apocalypse movie though...

  • July 23, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Fallout 3: The Movie

    by vadakinX

    As I was watching the trailer, it kept reminding me of Fallout 3, which might not make a bad movie actually.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Okay, I get the I AM LEGEND comparison...

    by ackack

    but Hancock? How do you get that from this? Also, don't forget the Hughes Bros. did the amazing doc AMERICAN PIMP.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    GoDFaDDa42...Great minds...

    by vadakinX

  • July 23, 2009, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Another thing...

    by ackack

    I hate to give you any attention, nijamanner but...please stop.

  • July 23, 2009, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Did you know their mother was Armenian?

    by hyeguy

    The Hughes Bros. that is. Not Joel Silver, who would want to claim him anyway?

  • July 24, 2009, 12:01 a.m. CST

    sequel to There Will Be Blood?

    by The Only Woj

    climax of the movie has to do with drainage.

  • July 24, 2009, 12:09 a.m. CST

    read this script

    by drturing

    and it's such a ridiculous ripoff of cormac mccarthy's road it hurts. the thematic twist ending is essentially the very same wording of the final point of mccarthy's book. i love washington and oldman but this script pissed me off.

  • July 24, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    A little overly stylized with the battles...

    by Captain Happy

    But I'll take me some post-apocalyptic ANY day.

  • July 24, 2009, 12:12 a.m. CST

    oh wait

    by drturing

    mila kunis is in this. shit, i'd sit through 500 days of summer if she was in that. i'd sit through the ugly truth if mila kunis was in it. i think i sat through max fucking payne because of mila kunis.

  • July 24, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Anyone remember the movie

    by StarchildAD

    where Denzel gets angry and yells? I love that movie! B4ST ACTING 4V4R!!!!!1!!!

  • July 24, 2009, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Horrible colours

    by aversiontherapy2

    but still looks better than The Road, which, considering, is pretty sad.

  • July 24, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Washington and Oldman both = Professional.

    by otm shank

    Looks good. I'll check it out.

  • July 24, 2009, 1:03 a.m. CST

    It has Gary Oldman in it, I'll see it.

    by Sulla

    Oldman is such an underrated actor, he's brilliant. He usually picks films I end up loving also, most of the time anyway. In a perfect world Gary Oldman would be top billing over Denzel btw, no fucking comparison.

  • July 24, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    I AM ELI

    by Frodo T. Baggins

  • July 24, 2009, 1:32 a.m. CST

    The Road vs. Book Of Eli

    by WhoDis

    place your bets...

  • July 24, 2009, 1:36 a.m. CST

    this looks good

    by eaze

    personally,i think it's cool to see denzel as kung fu apocalyptic bad-ass.and mila kunis will always get mah love

  • July 24, 2009, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Denzel should replace Snipes in Blade 4

    by estacado1

    He can fight and he pays his taxes. Or maybe they could be long lost brothers or something.

  • July 24, 2009, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Yeah...Fallout 3 definitely

    by spartacus728

    Yeah...definitely seeing some Fallout-inspired set pieces. They look good though.

  • July 24, 2009, 2 a.m. CST

    FALLOUT 3...

    by spartacus728

    Looks like Fallout 3 + Man on Fire - Dakota Fanning

  • July 24, 2009, 2:17 a.m. CST

    looks like 300...

    by bacci40

    with much shitier costumes and less blood<P> this was shot on greenscreen....right?

  • July 24, 2009, 2:34 a.m. CST

    I read the book The Road not too long ago...

    by The Dum Guy

    And this is what I thought would be the sequel.

  • July 24, 2009, 3:12 a.m. CST

    denzel has titties.

    by Jesiah

    Don't believe me watch virtuosity. And look at a young Kaley Cuoco (spelling?) as the blonde lady's daughter before she got super hot in Big Bang Theory and 8 things with John Ritter.

  • July 24, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Fuck yes!

    by Mr. Graboid

    This is looking good! I have been dying to watch a good post-apocalyptic movie for ages. And now we get this AND The Road??? This seems it can wipe out the bad taste I had after watching I Am Legend.

  • July 24, 2009, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Fallout 3

    by antonphd

    Just got that to play again last week. God. Wouldn't that be something to have a movie of that game? But this looks damn good too. Can't wait. Finally something to look forward to besides Avatar and The Wolfman.

  • July 24, 2009, 3:51 a.m. CST

    One reason to see this movie...

    by SunTzu77

    Gary Oldman. The most underrated actor EVER. My favorite actor as well.

  • July 24, 2009, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Women in post-apocalyptic films.

    by the ageless stranger

    That shot of Mila Kunis in this trailer made me think; Why is it that in these kinds of films, it's okay for the men to look like they've been living rough ever since the bombs fell, but the women still have time to regularly moisturise? Another example, look at Bryce Howard and Moon Bloodgood in Terminator. Fine looking women yes, but it's a bit ridiculous. Also, I'm going to have a bit of a hard time buying Kunis as a hard survivor type in this, assuming that's what she is. Still, looks like it may be worth a look.

  • July 24, 2009, 4:03 a.m. CST

    I don't understand how Oldman is underrated?

    by The Dum Guy

    The man has done solid work for at over a decade, maybe he hasn't won an Oscar, but ever since Dracula he's been solid -- i.e. The Professional (Leon), True Romance, Batman(s), etc.

  • July 24, 2009, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Go down the street...

    by SunTzu77

    Hold up a picture of Gary Oldman... and ask someone who it is. Then, hold up a picture of Will Smith. Gary's acting is top notch and it should be recognized... he's never received proper billing. Immortal Beloved... True Romance... The Professional... State of Grace... Sid and Nancy.

  • July 24, 2009, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Interesting read..

    by SunTzu77

  • July 24, 2009, 4:54 a.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    I concede (am I con-ceded'd) that Joe Average on the street can recognize The Fresh Prince... of that old show.<br><br>But,<br><br>I got nothing to counter you with that fact, although that people who know who G.O. is also those that know that he is a good actor... except in that 5th 'movie' with Bruce Willis.

  • July 24, 2009, 5:29 a.m. CST


    by redfist

  • July 24, 2009, 5:50 a.m. CST

    "He posses a book..."

    by Darth Tenor

    Copy-edit much?

  • July 24, 2009, 6:17 a.m. CST

    "30 winters ago"

    by KillDozer

    I hate that shit. Just fucking say "30 years ago". It's not like the post-apocalyptic world forgot what a fucking "year" was.<p>Anyway, the setting looks cool, but the rest just seems generic. I'll probably see it just for Oldman's performance, though.

  • July 24, 2009, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Two words I'm sick of seeing in film descriptions:

    by darthsynn

    Post-apocalyptic. How about something that is set pre-apocalyptic?

  • July 24, 2009, 6:49 a.m. CST

    In a world...

    by Dead_Geek

    ... were every post apocalyptic story you've seen takes place. BORING! Yawn! Zzzzzzzz.

  • July 24, 2009, 7:12 a.m. CST

    best denzel movie ever

    by StonedWriter88

    im pretty sure this will be it, for me at least. i love post apocalypse movies so much i want them to be their own genre. im working on a screenplay for one right now. this looks cooler than the road movie trailer. mila is hot too. finally denzel is in a more crazy movie. he's cool but he always takes serious roles that bore me. american gangster is my fav denzel so far. but this looks cooler, for me. seriously, post apocalypse is the best genre.

  • July 24, 2009, 7:21 a.m. CST

    gary oldman

    by StonedWriter88

    i think gary oldman is one of the best actors, and have thought that for years, ever since he kept turning up in different movies playing the most different types of characters. and i lot of people i talk to recognize that i think. however im not a very good judge of acting, most of the time i just get easily lost in the movie. i can tell if someone's bad, but not good, cause im so gullible into believing i guess. but for oldman i could tell. my point is though, i think most people who like movies dont really care about the acting, they want to see someone with charisma and coolness and good looks, which is why tom cruise and will smith are the biggest stars yet always play similar characters. if more people actually cared about acting, people like oldman would be much more respected or whatever.

  • July 24, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by StonedWriter88

    thats funny you say that, because i've become so convinced of the apocalypse lately, that i've started using the term pre apocalypse. im writing two screenplays, one takes place before a massive plauge, one later, they're my pre apocalypse and post apocalypse movies. perhaps here i'll take a moment to discuss the apocalypse. for one, i learned apocalypse comes from greek or something and literally means 'to reveal' or 'lifting of the veil' or 'revelation' and i believe that it may be quite soon, 2012 is indeed a decent number for it. now im not religious, im a philisophical scientist, heres what i noticed. over human history the time it takes to aquire new information and apply it in a way always seems to get a little bit faster as time goes on. it used to take many thousands of years, like cavemen, then a few thousand, early civ, then with the industrial revolution you see it speeding up, hundreds, 20th century, look. i was born in 1985, and have watched the world undergo one of the most major transformations of all time since then, with the implication of modern technologies like computers internet and cell phones. and watched as the majority of humans changed along with it, perhaps not even realizing how much the world changed so quickly. now, the way i see it, if the current trent continues, the next major shift could be really big, happen really fast, and be really soon. after all, while we go about our lives in the backgrounds so many thousands of scientists are working in laboratories around the world on all sorts of brand new shit. which makes me believe, we will see maybe the biggest fastest change in history, very soon. people think they're in control of themselves, not noticing how reactive they are to their environment. but we're a part of our environment. and our environment, earth and society, is changing very fast. people say its the end of the world. yeah, but that also means it's the start of a new one. i just can't for the life of me begin to see what that new world is. which is why im trying to get rich making movies so i can just party till the apocalypse!

  • July 24, 2009, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Everyone Loves Gary Oldman.

    by redfist


  • July 24, 2009, 8:16 a.m. CST


    by redfist

  • July 24, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST


    by ukfilms28

    fuck im in, defo going to see this!!!

  • July 24, 2009, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Is this like ZARDOZ ?

    by JediSledder

    Where ELI is in the title of the book, but it's something we all know ? ( Like hELIcopter piloting ) Or it's E.L.I. ? Just a thought.

  • July 24, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    DW has absolutely no range.

    by all

    Astoundingly overrated actor...

  • July 24, 2009, 9:01 a.m. CST

    As soon as I saw the destroyed highway

    by seagrass

    I thought "Fallout 3". Washington and Oldman in a Fallout 3 side quest movie? Hell yes. (Because we all know the Fallout 3 side quests were better than the main quest!)

  • July 24, 2009, 9:02 a.m. CST


    by Mr. Graboid

    Why bother writing screenplays if you have a feeling we might walk into an apocalypse in 2012? Your movie are not gonna be made in at least five years, and in five years there's no more joe public to feed because we're all dead. You might as well take a huge loan and spend in on crack whores and partying. Cheers!

  • July 24, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Darkwing Duck?

    by a_terradactyl

  • July 24, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST

    I didn't know a book would need a posse...

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • July 24, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST

    The Hughes Brothers...

    by LoneGun

    I loved DEAD PRESIDENTS but I'm not sure I'm ready to forgive them for their painfully disappointing adaptation of FROM HELL. This trailer just makes me more keen to see THE ROAD.

  • July 24, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    At least I don't have to "Prepare myself"

    by Anything But Tangerines

    seems nice for a change

  • July 24, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Fallout 4

    by panicdawg what this is.

  • July 24, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

    The Hughes Brothers direction of From Hell was AMAZING. Eli will OWN! Denzel + Oldman + Hughes Brothers + A Great Scrip = GOLD

  • July 24, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

  • July 24, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST


    by fassbinder79

    You're out of your fucking mind if you think Denzel is overrated. He's the best actor working today...Period. Oldman kicks ass too though. He's up there.

  • July 24, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    +1 redfist

    by PornKing

    What have you got in the bag little girl?

  • July 24, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by LoneGun

    I think FROM HELL had some great shots, and the art direction was truly fantastic. But as an admirer of Alan Moore's graphic novel - a monumental work of historical crime fiction - I found the film overall to be a mildly entertaining but forgettable mystery-of-the-week. And the casting was deplorable. FROM HELL should have been Great. It could have been a classic. I'm with you on Washington and Oldman, though - those guys are incredible actors.

  • July 24, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by all

    Perfect example: look at Gary Oldman; the guy disappears into each role he takes on. Compare his neurotic villain from The Professional to his Dracula to his Gordon to his Beethoven. He's a chameleon. Denzel has exactly 1 note. Whether he's a renegade cop (which he often is) or a revolutionary or an angry soldier or a gangster, he's always good ol' Denzel. Not to say that the Clooneys or the Hanks's (although at least he had the guts to go half-retard) of Hollywood are much different, but DW remains particularly un-transformed from one role to the next. He's not an actor, he's a big-screen personality, an icon. And he's miles and miles from "the best actor working today".

  • July 24, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Oldman Fucks you Mom

    by redfist

    and does it as a differnt guy every night. <P> EEEEEEVVVVVVVERRRRRRRYYYYYYYYNIGHT

  • July 24, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST


    by redfist

  • July 24, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    OK I finally got home

    by redfist

    and watched it....looks 10X better than The Road...and that is a little depressing. <P> If only T4 had looked like this...I might have given it some respect.

  • July 24, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    @RKDN: "30 winters ago"

    by KillDozer

    So there've been 30 nuclear winters since he started walking? That sense.

  • July 24, 2009, 11:41 a.m. CST

    The Road was awful, what's wrong with you people?

    by Comfort_Girl

    How can anyone claim to have liked this book? It is one of the worst post-apocaliptic books ever written. Let’s examine: The vast majority of the book goes like this: Boy says: I think the bad people are coming. Man says: Yes, the bad people are coming. Boy says: I am scared. Man says: Do not be scared. Boy says: I think we should go now. Man says: Yes, we should go now. Good grief! Pages and pages of exactly that. Now, the overarching story. Let’s see, I guess it would be “Apocalypse Happens”. Somewhere I read that Cormack desperately wanted to be Rod Serling with this book. Problem is, he’s no Rod Serling. Serling was able to create a P.A. setting where the particulars of the apocalypse were tertiary to the basic human interaction between two survivors. BUT, Serling understood that the basic explanation of the apocalypse was absolutely necessary to the reader, in order for them to appreciate the characters as necessary for the story. Nuclear war? Reader views the participants in a very different light than natural disaster. It not only makes a difference, its damn well critical. But ok, let’s say Cormack really wanted to give it a shot and not have any focus or thought given to the apocalypse itself. Then why the frak drop hints? Worse yet, why hints that conflict with one another and ultimate make NO FRAKKING SENSE? Cormack so obviously wants the reader to think nuclear war (melted cities, decade long winter, accusation by “Man”, and apparent lung cancer in “Man”), but it doesn’t make sense. There is no fear of radioactive contamination. That alone rules out nuclear war. OK, then what caused this almost decade long “winter”, obvious firestorms that melted entire cities and their surrounds, and is something the “Man” attributes to people being stupid idiots? Asteroid hit is a possibility. I guess his quip about people being stupid could be that we didn’t believe it would hit and took no action. But that’s so utterly banal. We all know that if we discovered a death rock on the way, even with a 10 year window, we’d be powerless to do anything about it. Any closer than that and it would make even less sense to attribute the apocalypse to the stupidity of man. So what else could it be? If Cormack wanted no attention paid to it, he accomplished the exact opposite with his sloppy writing. Serling was so elegant: nuke war between two unnamed super powers, PERIOD. ‘nough said. Now let’s get on with the story of how two people get along afterwards. Serling=master. Cormack= not so much. Oh wait, there’s another absurd aspect that is a major point in this story: cannibalism. Any simp can do some simple math and realize that the period of cannibalism would last maybe a month, two at the most? You know, obvious things like IF YOU CAN FEED YOUR CAPTIVES, you can FEED YOURSELF instead, and get more caloric bang for your buck. Frakking DUH! So if things got so bad that you could only eat the people around you, the exponential acceleration towards everyone dead is clearly obvious. Not to mention that up to that point, the surviving population would already have been dropping fast, leaving that much less “cattle” to begin with. IT MAKES NO SENSE to anyone older than 15. WTF, why have so many of you given Cormack a pass on this shite? Hold on, one last absurdly funny point of idiocy: THE SHOPPING CART. Ever try pushing a cart through a wet lawn? Mud? 2 FRAKKING FEET of snow? Yea, those little plastic wheels make it really easy. It was so laughable, so absurd, so glaring, but yet so consistent with all the rest of this nonsensical story. I say: book is bad Boy says: let’s go I say: yes, let’s go

  • July 24, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    "Oldman fucks you, mom"

    by all

    Awesome typo or Norman Bates?

  • July 24, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    You had me at....

    by IAmLegolas

    Gary Oldman, Tom Waits and Ray Stevenson. Unfortunately, Denzel looks a bit stiff during the fight scenes, almost like the people are throwing their faces into his punches. Hopefully this is great as it has all the right elements in place.

  • July 24, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by uberman

    What a great book. I admit, it wasnt like snuggling up with a box of chocolates in your Snuggy (Tm) watching THE BACHELOR, but, if you can handle a bleak, sobering look at what the world would look like once all society has crumbled and resources are useless, this is the book. Great writer.

  • July 24, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Oh, shit that teaser was badass!!!!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Loved that move Denzel stepping back in the shadows to start slashing up some guys!<p>Can't wait for this!

  • July 24, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Great visuals

    by Reckoner

    Seriously, this movie looks great visually. Let's hope it is as good as it looks aesthetically.

  • July 24, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    And Denzel is skinny again

    by Reckoner

    Got tired of seeing him fat. He looks badass like he did in Man on Fire.

  • July 24, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Similar to the Road? No...

    by BigEddieCalzone

    Sure, there are some similarities in that it's a post-apocalyptic movie, but the endings (sorry, poster) are nowhere near alike. The ending of Eli has to do with the book and Eli's vow to protect it by any means necessary. I wasn't looking forward to this until the trailer. I think Gary Oldman is probably the mayor of the town where Eli will come to "rest," the mayor who really wants that book. You gotta have a good baddie and I think he'll be great, although secretly the thing read like it was tailored for Tommy Lee Jones. Bring it on...

  • July 24, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST


    by KillDozer

    The Road was about the relationship between the father and the son and what it means to be "good".<p>Sounds like it just wasn't your kind of book since most of the questions you bring up are largely irrelevant.

  • July 24, 2009, 1:56 p.m. CST

    posse a book?

    by jambone

    You couldn't read your post before posting it?

  • July 24, 2009, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Total Fallout 3 Vibe...

    by BubbaDestructo

    ...I love it. Denzel even looks just like my character in the game (which I created last year). A must see for me.

  • July 24, 2009, 3:03 p.m. CST

    this looks cool,

    by idrinkyourmilkshake


  • July 24, 2009, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Killdozer, read for comprehension much?

    by Comfort_Girl

    Apparently not. If you actually read my post and read it for comprehension, you'd see that he utterly failed to make it a "relationship" story the way Serling could. Hell, it wasn't a "relationship" story at all, since you need some sort of coherent context in which to place the relationship. This was mindless dialogue set in this hack's un-thought out, incoherent, and irrational P.A. universe. The only thing this book had going for it was the water cooler. So many sheeple fell in line, lock-step, when the water cooler vote was pro-Road. Way too afraid to tell the other sheeple at the cooler "hey wait, this book kinda sucked and didn't make any sense at all". Want a relationship story? Try Robinson Crusoe.

  • July 24, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Man on Fire proves Denzel can be bad ass

    by DDMAN26

    That movie has to be the most underrated of the decade. As for this, the January release date worries me a bit as it's known as the dumping ground.

  • July 24, 2009, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Denzel: The Ultimate Badass Type?

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    I personally don;t buy into it, but what the hell, it's a movie; I can suspend disbelief for an hour or two. It actually looks somewhat kinda interesting. I think I'm going to attempt to see this one without reading anything else about it at all. It looks like it could be good, and it's got Gary Fucking Oldman!!

  • July 24, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by KillDozer

    From your first sentence you call The Road "one of the worst post-apocalyptic books ever written" and then go on to describe why you thought it so: no explanation of the cause of the apocalypse, cannibalism doesn't work, etc. I don't see where you address the relationship between the two characters at all besides picking on some of the dialogue between them.<p>I also don't see how you could describe the context of the book as not being coherent. Something horrible happened, almost everything and everyone is destroyed or dead. How do you survive in that environment? When every day is filled with fear, death or just plain never-ending bleakness why even bother to survive, let alone attempt to remain civilized or "good"? Those are the interesting questions that McCarthy explores in this book. Who gives a fuck how the world ended or whether a shopping cart will role through a wet lawn?<p>And if you didn't like the book just say you didn't like the fucking book. I don't know what kind of spineless co-workers you share your office with, but the people I'm around daily have no problem disagreeing when it comes to opinions on movies, books, etc and as adults we can even do so without resorting to insulting every single person who has a different point of view.

  • July 24, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    The Road the only book I have thrown in anger.

    by Turingtestee

    At the line "I don't feel good, Papa." I threw the book across the room and cried like a baby. At that moment I hated McCarthy for creating such utter and complete hopelessness. I have read that he wrote it as a reaction to becoming a first time father at a relatively old age (???). In someways it seems to me to be less about 'relationships' in its subtext than(then, fuck) parenthood in an increasingly untrustworthy society. I have a son that was four when I read the book, so that completely resonated with me. I submit that comfortgirl has no children, so much of it likely went unnoticed. sorry.

  • July 24, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Ert . . . 'relationships' in terms of

    by Turingtestee

    the extended network of individuals relying on each other and the environment. That was broken in The Road. Killdozer put it perfectly in the almost (almost)pointlessness of trying to remain good in such circumstances. Sounded like a dick above, sorry.

  • July 24, 2009, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Good to know that 30 years into the

    by Spocko

    end of the world, there are still plenty of bullets and hot chicks around.

  • July 24, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Something is not getting through

    by Comfort_Girl

    See, if the universe he create is so utterly absurd, how can one possibly focus on the relationship? I keep referring to Serling. He did it wonderfully. But if a 15 year old creates a goofy universe filled with ludicrous implausibilities, how can you take the relationship seriously? Here, let me give you an example: if the father cared for his son in a REAL WORLD kind of way, he would have stayed holed up in that bunker for a couple of months, allowing that cannibalism thing to run its course and all the "bad people" to die off. But no, implausibly, this man chooses to take his son back into the hell that is above, and for no rational reason whatsoever. As for my water cooler comment, dummy, I was referring to its inarguable best seller status, not my particular workplace. I've had a good handful of people confide in me that they hated the book after telling their coworkers they liked it. So I'm basing my position on real world observation. These people did not hate it because it was bleak. The hated it because it was poorly written and filled with nonsense. I submit that Cell was better. As much as I wanted to drive up to Maine and pay King a visit for that garbage, it actually made more sense and was a better read. I don't feel good papa. We need to leave the bunker now son. Why? Because Lord Cormack compels the frak should I know you poorly written brat?

  • July 24, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Needs more Super Mutants!

    by Raymar

  • July 24, 2009, 7:25 p.m. CST

    THE ROAD is the best book from the last ten yrs

    by Subtitles_Off

  • July 24, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by KillDozer

    You should quit while you're ahead. If you really think The Road is absurd because of a bunch of bullshit nitpicks which include speculation about the course of post-apocalyptic cannibalism then there's a vacant seat on a shortbus somewhere with your name on it.<p>You may not have chosen to leave the bunker were you in that position, but the Man's choice to leave makes perfect sense. It's clear he believes that if he could stumble upon the shelter, so could any of the others they've been doing their best to avoid.<p>And just because your spineless, conformists friends all sit around letting their fear of expressing an "incorrect" opinion turn them bitter and angry doesn't mean that's the way the rest of us do things.

  • July 24, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Comfort Girl

    by Abe_Vigoda

    While i am impressed by your commitment to trolling, your claim that Stephen King - much of whose work i do like, mind you - ever once in his life outwrote Cormac McCarthy is beyond playful trolling and into some fucking distracting willful ignorance. I may have to have a laugh at your expense sometime soon...

  • July 24, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Long live mediocrity

    by Comfort_Girl

    Here, let me come at this from a different angle. Cormack wrote this book for trendy urban effete. He knew these people already live a hamster cage existence and have no real idea of how things work in the real world. So he plays to them, choosing a shopping cart. Why? Trendy urban effete associate shopping cart with homelessness and despair. They have no frakking clue that it totally wouldn’t work in this P.A. world. He used a 101 plot device in the whole cannibalism thing. He knew this crowd would need some kind of “oooh!” and “ohhh!”, so he threw in cannibalistic Road Warrior gangs. How frakking banal. He knew that it would be “all the rage” to read this book who’s sole purpose was to make you feel depressed. How special this crowd would feel, talking to each other about how “depressed” it made them feel. Plot device after plot device, it was all a big jerk-off. I almost wonder if he intentionally made things so nonsensical to see how much this crowd would swallow. L Ron Hubbard style, maybe he did it on a bet from a friend? He basically said that 1+1=3 in this universe and sat back to watch you clowns suckle it down regardless. How many times does he bludgeon the reader over the head with “must go to the coast”, yet never even hints as to why. Want to know why? Because he flipped a frakking coin, that’s why. If he didn’t want it to matter, he would never have mentioned it, let alone over and over and over again. If he didn’t want the reader to think that mankind had brought this on itself, he would never have dropped the less than subtle hints that it was. But he didn’t take the frakking 2 minutes to think that through to create a simple, yet plausible world for his “relationship” story to take place. If he wanted a “Waiting For Godot” setting, he could have easily have made it so. Sorry if I demand a bit more from my authors than a random dialogue generator and hodgepodge set design. Cormack rhymes a bit with HACK. And your defense of mediocrity is most disturbing. Take your insults back to your comic…er…”graphic novels”.

  • July 24, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    "I submit that Cell was better"

    by Xiphos_2

    Then The Road? There's proof right there that opinions can be wrong.<p>I'm not all that big a fan of The Road, I don't think its McCarthy's best work, but Cell was fucking rancid, insipid, poorly written and boring garbage.<p>By the way let me help you out here in your trolling Comfort Girl. If you want to get more people reading and reacting to your posts you need to paragraph breaks, nobody likes to read large blocks of texts.<p>Here's how you do that. Where you want the break put this code in, < p >, remove the spaces on either side of the P. < br > also works.<p>Happy trolling dude!

  • July 24, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Wow, Comfort_Girl

    by KillDozer

    you really do have an inferiority complex, don't you? Those trendy urban effetes (really?)and their lack of knowledge regarding shopping cart physics! Thanks to Cormac McCarthy the poor fools will be stumbling across the post-apocalyptic wasteland unaware of the undoing that awaits at the next damp piece of earth!<p>You really *should* keep your fucking mouth shut at the water cooler if this is what passes for critical literary analysis with you. The reason that the Man is so focused on getting to the coast is because they're living in a bleak fucking wasteland where just about everything and everyone is dead or dying and he needs something to fixate on so he can find a reason to get up in the morning and keep from blowing his son's and the his own head off. It's a very real reaction to being caught in a desperate situation. <p>Also, those of us who don't have inferiority complexes don't have a problem saying we read comics. And trying to insult a person by implying they're some kind of geek loses a bit of its bite when delivered by someone who has just peppered their last several posts with the word "frak".

  • July 25, 2009, 12:35 a.m. CST

    This looks so sick.

    by slaughterstorm

    they should have just called it fallout.

  • July 25, 2009, 3:21 a.m. CST

    Bladezell Washington rules!!!

    by The_Ritty

    This looks good - glad to see the hughes boys back!

  • July 25, 2009, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Is Tommy Lee Jones still trying to adapt Blood Meridian?

    by savagedave

    That would be interesting, to put it mildly. "Cormack wrote this book for trendy urban effete." Funny, I always the imagine 'trendy urban effete' to be the last people McCarthy writes for. Tree hung with dead babies anyone?

  • July 25, 2009, 6:46 a.m. CST

    I see I hit a nerve

    by Comfort_Girl

    No greater validation than when you criticize an object (like a book) and have people respond with silly ad hominem vitriol. Cheers! :-/

  • July 25, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Oops, Comfort_Girl

    by KillDozer

    did I hurt your feelings? I figured since you were so good at insulting people who liked The Road that that was your preferred form of discussion.<p>Don't like vitriol? Don't "frakking" dish it out. "Do unto others" and all that...

  • July 25, 2009, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Keep it coming, little mister!

    by Comfort_Girl

    And the band plays on.

  • July 25, 2009, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Actually Fist of the North Star came to mind...

    by Warcraft

    ...wandering saviour in a wasteland kicking the shit out of goons? I'm sold.

  • Aug. 3, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    This just makes me hungry for ...

    by Pennyloper77

    Mad Max 4