Director: John Hillcoat. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce. 111 min. Rated R. Drama.
I was surprised when I first heard a film was being produced based on Cormac McCarthy's bleak, dark, depressing post-apocalyptic novel. Just never thought it was "filmable". Taking that into account, The Road is a decent adaptation, and is able to conceptualize the most disturbing sections of the story into visual form. There was no participating mother figure in the book; apparently for good reason, as flashbacks of Theron as the mother are complete throwaways (maybe she's there just to lighten up the mood). But if you're not into gloomy movies, even reading this review was a waste of time.
(PS: Here's to you, Alex. Thanks for recommending the book.)