• The Road (2009)

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The Road

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: Thriller, Drama, Science Fiction

Production Co: Dimension Films, Chockstone Pictures, 2929 Productions

Distributors: Weinstein Co.

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

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    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

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The Road evokes the images and the characters of Cormac McCarthy's novel. It is powerful, but for me lacks the same core of emotional feeling. show more

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true. show more

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Awards

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