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“It's concerned mainly with a father (Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) slogging across a slag-heap American landscape after the planet has suffered an unexplained apocalypse that killed the flora, the fauna and most of the spectrum (though the sickly light from a blighted sun does manage to produce one wan rainbow).”
“Most of the flora and fauna that existed there for thousands or millions of years can no longer survive in the slag-heap once it's been "reclaimed" by invasive species.”
“Also, there is a lifeless moon orbiting this slag-heap in case you get lost.”
“He made a big splash, but also amassed a slag-heap of debt--so much ballast after the old "new economy" bubble popped.”
“For an hour the pageant wound through the dejected street, pursuing neither method nor set route, till it came to a deserted slag-heap, selected for the speech-making.”
“Baudelaire, for instance, writing a poem about a slag-heap.”
“The driver took no notice, He drove up to the top of the slag-heap, uncoupled the trucks, and ran the engine back to the pit, presently returning with a fresh string of trucks.”
“Even when a slag-heap sinks, as it does ultimately, only an evil brown grass grows on it, and it retains its hummocky surface.”
“A slag-heap is at best a hideous thing, because it is so planless and functionless.”
“When the dirt comes up-from the pit it is loaded on to trucks and an engine runs these to the top of another slag-heap a quarter of a mile away and there leaves them.”
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