The Road Poster

Release Date: November 25th, 2009

DVD Release Date: May 25th, 2010

R|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
America is a grim, gray shadow of itself after a catastrophe. A man (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) wander through this post-apocalyptic world, trying to keep the dream of civilization alive. They journey toward the sea, surviving as best they can on what they can scavenge, and try to avoid roving gangs of savage humans who will turn them into slaves, or worse.

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker, Michael Kenneth Williams, Garret Dillahunt

Director: John Hillcoat

Genres: Drama, Science fiction, Thriller

Production Co: Dimension Films, Chockstone Pictures, 2929 Productions

Distributors: Weinstein Co., Weinstein Co.

Keywords: Father, Family, Love, Rivalry, Survival, Melodramatic, Son, Tense, House, Quest, Mother, Escape

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  • Director John Hillcoat has performed an admirable job of bringing Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the screen as an intact and haunting tale, even at the cost of sacrificing color, big scenes and standard Hollywood imagery of post-apocalyptic America. show more

  • Between the two performances there's not a false note. Between the father and son there's an unbreakable bond. Though civilization has ended, love and parental duty shape the course of this fable, which is otherwise as heartwarming as a Beckett play shorn of humor. show more

  • The Road isn't a masterpiece...But I cannot think of another film this year that has stayed with me, its images of dread and fear - and yes, perhaps hope - kicking around like such a terrible dream. show more

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Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)