The Road by: Jared Norton

Posted: August 28, 2012 by jperritt in Drama
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Jared “The White Shadow” Norton here. I’m doing a guest review of theThe Road. It is an incredibly disturbing movie that I do not recommend without discretion. That said it is rife with biblical parallels. The rest of the review will involve spoilers. 

At one point in the plot the man and his boy come upon an abandoned house in the woods. The house is marked by piles of shoes that the man doesn’t notice. It’s not really abandoned (they never are) but instead belongs to a group of cannibals. These cannibals are keeping fellow survivors underneath the floor boards in order to keep their meat fresh. The man and his boy descend to the basement and find the withered bodies of the half alive. The man and his boy rush out in terror and sudden realization. In their haste they do a shotty job of locking the basement door. The group returns just as the man and his boy make it upstairs. Cannibal One remarks to the others about the open window (the opening through which the man and his boy entered). Cannibal Two says that it’s probably for the smell. Cannibal One replies that he doesn’t notice the smell any more. The group moves through the house and come upon the newly freed captives. The man and his boy escape amidst the chaos.

The house and the people living there are a haunting portrayal of sin. Inward sin that we seek to hide within ourselves (people in the basement) always has outward symptoms (the piles of shoes). A man’s hateful heart will be seen in road rage. A man’s lustful heart will be seen in pornography and fantasy.

“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”(James 1:14-15 ESV)

Sin is disgusting. It’s easy to become placated with sin and allow it to fester inside of us, but we must remember that sin is as horrible to God as a basement full of death is to us. The longer we ignore and justify sin, the easier it is to ignore and justify. This is illustrated by the remarks of Cannibal One that he cannot even smell the squalor that lives beneath him. Sin is destructive. The group of cannibals that believed their sin could be used to keep them alive saw their sin rise up and destroy them.

I’m writing this with my own sin in mind. I know you, the reader, must look at my name and say “boy I bet that guy has great hair”. As true as that may be, I struggle daily and sin is at its very core crippling. My mouth is an open grave, lust dominates my heart, I spend my free time building idols instead of reading the Bible, I don’t remember the last time I held a thought captive, and not to gloat or anything but I’m pretty prideful. It’s not something that I have to deal with alone. God has given me a loving family and church as well as a call to prayer. Ultimately it is Jesus who took the fall for my sins, who invites me to His table on the basis of His own righteousness.
We are weak and helpless to escape the death of this world and the eternal death which is the wages of the sin that we all struggle with. The Good News of the Gospel is that we christians do not get this, we do not get the weeping and the gnashing of teeth, we get the cool spring of Heaven. It’s not because of what we do but because of what He has done. It is not because of what I am but because of THE I am.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” (Ephesians 2:8 ESV)

  1. Jeremiah Reese says:

    Great review! Time to watch the movie…

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