And so it is in the 11th hour that I’ve finally seen John Hillcoat’s The Road. Of all of the films I’ve seen this year, this is the only film that will stay with me throughout my entire life, probably, and the closer I get to death, the more I will think of this story. The Road is Cormac McCarthy’s terrifying, but ultimately hopeful glimpse into the bleak future of a destroyed world. It isn’t so much a cautionary tale about mankind destroying all life on the planet, but more about distilling the human experience down to the essentials. This book is a nightmarish rendering of McCarthy’s deepest fears of being a husband and father – someone there to protect his family no matter what might be coming down the road.