In this bleak tale of post-apocalyptia, a father and his son walk alone through a burned and desolate United States. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape except for the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it's gray. The sun is gone, obscured by cloud.

Their destination is the coast, and the only way to get there is along the seemingly-endless road. They have no idea what awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the groups of marauders, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food - and each other.

Starring 'Lord of the Rings' and 'A History of Violence' leading man Viggo Mortensen and 'Monster' beauty Charlize Theron, 'The Road' explores family bonds and what it means to be human. Other stars include Guy Pearce and Robert Duvall. 'The Boy' is smartly played by youngster Kodi Smit-McPhee.