The pulitzer prize winning book by Cormac Mccarthy (No country for old men) is a true and treasured gem and i was pleased to see such a good adaptation in this movie. The acting is top notch. The story is somewhat mis-understood by many reviewers. The story is NOT a disaster movie or about how the world has ended (if your after something brainless go watch 2012) it's a grim and intimate story about a father protecting his son across the ravaged remains of the world whilst preparing him to survive it when he's no longer there.
Like the novel, the story takes place a few years after a cataclysm has erased society and effectively burned most of the world to ash. What has caused this (which the author and filmmakers felt) was of no real importance to the story. The main story is of the father and son surviving what's left of the world, avoiding the cannibals that skulk around it's remains, travelling west in hope of finding some place to survive before winter comes.
You won't even know the character's name's (even in the book you don't, only reffered to as father and son, maybe because that father and son could be eventually you and yours one day) McCarthy's friends, a selection of scientists and geologists from the Santa Fe institute he regularly visits have, at a guess, come to the conclusion that the cataclysm is the result of a meteor. But the author has said "it could be anything, nuclear war, meteor, whatever?" but he has mentioned in an interview of the caldera super-volcano in Yellowstone park and how It could erupt in a thousand years.. or next monday *gulp!*.
So then, is it good movie? don't take a date to see this! it's not a romcom full of belly laughs. It's grim but what a story it is and the acting is fantastic. The fella who directed the awesome 'The Proposition' did this and it shows, being visually stunning and true to the novel. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis composed the truly emotive and fab soundtrack (like they did for the proposition and Assassination of Jesse James) for this movie too which ripples out your surround sound system. This movie is deffinately worth seeing, this could be seen as a little biased because im a fan of the book, but don't come to this if your looking for the new brainless 2012 movie, it's more introspective and provocative. A great grim little gem of a movie, 9/10.