Road, The (2009)
Another strong McCarthy novel to the screen
I had some reservations about whether Cormac McCarthy's excellent novel would do well on the big screen. Hillcoat does an incredible job of creating a bleak, believable post-apocalyptic world. Mortensen and Smit-McPhee are the father and son navigating the countryside determined to find "the coast" where they hope to find other survivors. Along the way they deal with the elements of nature and fend for survival from cannibals. Despite their hardships, their love for one another never wavers and the son never loses hope that some people left in the world can be good. Great acting from both leads. I don't know if those unfamiliar with the novel can appreciate this film, but it is definitely one of the year's best.