Originally posted by alfa1
Originally posted by LDragonFire
They found the perfect spot to be and it was well stocked with food and supplies, then they heard a dog bark got scared then left?
This bit of the movie had nothing to do with reality, and everything to do with movie structure.
In basically every movie I've seen where people are on the run from danger, they find a safe place to stay, but then decide to leave.
Because a movie that consists entirely of running, is too "static" (paradoxiacally speaking). It needs to be broken up with a pause. It also
gives time to characters to have deep and meaningful conversations, and for time for the audience to be exposed to more of the personality and perhaps
also time for a background story or two.
But they cant stay in that safe place forever, because that would be the end of the movie. The movie needs an exciting climax.
This bit of the movie had nothing to do with movie structure, since it happened that way in the book, which was written before the movie.
Points about the story not adapted well into the movie:
The cannibals usually ate the children first, probably because it costs too much energy to fight and kill a grown man. When they stumbled into the
cannibal safe house, the book very graphically describes the skeletal remains of children surrounding the areas. It does this in a few more places
Basically every encounter with any survivors ended in violence.
There is a religious undertone not felt in the movie.
They find the bunker, stocked with supplies, basically a gift from God in order to survive (the father was basically dying and the kid was getting
sick). They stay there after covering the entrance, but the father knows it's only a matter of time before it's found and they get killed (he only has
one bullet left, IIRC, so he can shoot the kid if it gets bad).
The family had been following them for awhile, and the kid did see another boy... in fact, he ran off to talk to him. The father yells at him because
he thinks the children have all died or been eaten. We get the distinct impression this kid is the last kid on Earth and must be protected at all
costs, as if the human race depends on it.
The dog barks while they're in the bunker, and the father realizes it's time to go. His reasoning is that if people are close enough to the bunker,
they will be found soon. Also, he sees the bunker as a gift from God, so he doesn't want to use all the supplies, only what they need, and he wants to
leave the rest for the next person who stumbles into it...
He was correct in both lines of thought, IIRC... The family was in a nearby house, and could have found them soon. Also, they would be the next
survivors to find the place and use the supplies.
The father and son gave the family hope, IIRC, and it turned out they were the boy's guardian angels. The father's choices ended up being the right
ones regardless of how you or I would do it IRL.
Realistically, this world could have been from a nuclear war (The US alone has enough nukes to destroy the entire world many times over) or an
asteroid, perhaps even an ice age onset due to multiple volcano eruptions.
If this scenario were to play out, this is pretty much exactly how it would happen. Smart survivors would head towards the coast, where the ocean
winds would blow the fallout inland, so there would be fresher air (The father in the story realized he was dying from the ash and soot in the
Depending on how long after the catastrophe took place, and judging by the amount of survivors, it seems as if it had been awhile (The boy was born
after the event, and was almost a teenager when the father died), and there have been numerous documentaries explaining the degradation of roads,
buildings, etc after a catastrophe. There would only be a handful of "Roads" out there... think major highway systems with funding for upkeep... these
will last the longest after the SHTF.
People will panic... Groups will form, usually led by the most dominant alpha males. If a group forms using democracy, it's only a matter of time
before an alpha male takes over. History shows us this time and time again. In this situation, it becomes survival of the fittest. With limited
supplies, most of the groups will turn into raiders and cannibals.
IMO, the story was spot on. The only way to survive is to go it alone.
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