Meet the dark film that inspired The Last of Us

Success on HBO Max, The Last of Us has everything to become one of the most successful series on streaming – both with the public and with specialized critics. Audience record holder, the production is based on The Last of Us games, which in turn are inspired by the dark film A Estrada, released in 2009.

“A plot that borders on human extinction. Twenty years after the fall of civilization, Joel is hired to get Ellie out of a dangerous quarantine zone,” reads the official synopsis for The Last of Us.

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Led by Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian) and Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones), The Last of Us cast also includes Anna Torv (Mindhunter), Gabriel Luna (Agents of SHIELD), Merle Dandridge (Greenleaf), Melanie Lynskey ( Yellowjackets), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus) and Rutina Wesley (True Blood).

We reveal everything you need to know about The Road below – get to know the film and see how it inspired The Last of Us.

The Road is an important inspiration for The Last of Us

At the time of designing The Last of Us games, the creators of the franchise found post-apocalyptic narratives and survival horror a unique opportunity to develop characters.

To create the game, the developers were inspired by games like Uncharted, movies like Where the Weak Have No Country and, mainly, the book “The Road”.

The book “The Road” was released in 2006 by writer Cormac McCarthy. In addition to becoming a true bestseller, the work took the Pulitzer Prize for Best Book of Fiction and the James Tait Black Memorial Award.

The plot was eventually adapted into a film, which hit theaters in 2009 directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposal).

“In a post-apocalyptic devastated Earth, father and son try to survive crossing an arid America, destroyed by a catastrophe. On this journey, they find people dragged towards the worst and the best of themselves, and they only have the love that unites them to give them strength”, states the synopsis of A Estrada.

Sounds familiar, right? Although it did not guarantee great box office numbers (27 million profit on a 20 million dollar budget), the film won over the specialized critics, guaranteeing a 74% approval on Rotten Tomatoes.

The protagonists of the story are the Man and the Boy. In the same style of The Last of Us, it is through the eyes of these characters that we see the apocalypse.

The Man (who is Joel from The Road) is played by Viggo Mortensen, Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings. The Kid (who plays a role similar to that of Ellie) is lived by Kodi Smit-McPhee, nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Attack of the Dogs.

Also joining the cast of The Road are actors Michael K. Williams (Lovecraft Country), Charlize Theron (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), Robert Duvall (The Pale Blue Eye) and Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3).

In Brazil, A Estrada is available in the catalog of HBO Max. The platform also airs episodes of The Last of Us every Sunday.

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Alexandre Guglielmelli

Alexandre Guglielmelli

Graduated from PUC Minas, I specialize in horror movies, reality shows and pop culture. In my spare time, I like to write and offer movie and series recommendations to friends.

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