Macall Polay
Owen Gleiberman
November 24, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Road

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
119 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/25/09
performer
Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron
director
John Hillcoat
distributor
Dimension Films
author
Joe Penhall
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an B-

STARRING Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron
WRITTEN BY Joe Penhall
DIRECTED BY John Hillcoat

A full year after its scheduled release, the $20 million adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s best-selling, Oprah-endorsed novel — about a man (Viggo Mortensen) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) struggling to stay alive in a brutal postapocalyptic world — is finally hitting theaters. According to director John Hillcoat, the film simply wasn’t finished last fall: Perfecting the devastated landscapes required extensive digital tinkering. But will moviegoers pay to face such grim subject matter? ”It’s tough material,” admits Hillcoat. ”But audiences are sophisticated these days. And the book did well, so to me that’s an indication that not everyone goes for superheroes and comedies.”

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