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In a world devastated by an unknown catastrophe, a man (Viggo Mortensen) and his son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) try to survive.

Staving off starvation and avoiding marauding, cannibalistic gangs, they travel the long road to the coast and, perhaps, a better life.

A relentlessly bleak film, undoubtedly, but this adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel is also incredibly powerful thanks to the superbly realised post-apocalyptic landscape (partly filmed in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina) and the spot-on acting from Mortensen and Smit-McPhee, backed up with cameos from Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron.