With Roland Emmerich's '2012,' destroying the world daily in movie theaters, we welcome some post-apocalypse survivors in John Hillcoat's 'The Road,' opening this week in adjacent venues.

Adapted from Cormac McCarthy's brutally grim novel, 'The Road' stars Viggo Mortensen as a man leading his young son over an ashen landscape devoid of life save for marauding cannibals.

Before '2012' opened, we discussed the enduring attraction for films about the end of the world, postulating that it's a cyclical trend prompted by concerns over wars, plagues, the potential of nuclear holocaust as well as doomsday scenarios about the death of the sun and the approaching collision between Earth and meteors.
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