Bleak simplicity was the anguished core of Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The Road. Its tale of a father and son traipsing through life and trying to survive is a touching portrayal of disastrous consequences and the bond between family left unbroken. Adapting that to the big screen was always a run of the gauntlet. No sooner had Viggo Mortensen signed on to play the role of the father, that The Road soon took shape as something different. Something new, and exciting. A remarkable rendition of a text that felt truly, truly bleak. What it lacked was something to compare it to, but it is only now, watching this feature from John Hillcoat, that we can realise it was not needed at all.