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Rated R · 119 minutes · 2009

Drama, Science fiction, Thriller
John Hillcoat, who made a name for himself with the leathery Australian western The Proposition (2005), takes on the daunting task of adapting Cormac McCarthy's bleak novel about a man and his son trying to survive in a postapocalyptic U.S. Portrayed ad infinitum in sci-fi and fantasy, the postapocalypse may now seem about as scary as Post Raisin Bran, but Hillcoat gives it an unnerving solidity by focusing on the drab details of survival and linking them to the more hellish aspects of modern American life. (With their ugly accumulations of protective clothing, the characters resemble urban homeless, and some of the ravaged landscapes they traverse are real locations in Pennsylvania mining country.) Viggo Mortensen plays the father, who wants to protect his little boy and preserve his compassion for other people but finds the two objectives frequently in conflict. With Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
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Director: John Hillcoat
Producer: Paula Schwartz, Steve Schwartz, Nick Wechsler, Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban, Rudd Simmons and Marc Butan
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Molly Parker, Michael Williams and Garret Dillahunt

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