The Road | EW.com

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(Macall Polay)

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.”