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PUBLISHED: 17:41 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

The Road

The Road

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POST-APOCOLYPTIC struggles for survival are cinema's genre du jour – yet never before has this bleak future been depicted with such raw intimacy as in The Road.

POST-APOCOLYPTIC struggles for survival are cinema's genre du jour - yet never before has this bleak future been depicted with such raw intimacy as in The Road.

Released tomorrow (Fri) at Weston Odeon is Connor McCarthy's best-selling source novel, which has been faithfully adapted by director John Hillcoat, resulting in a film of rare power and poignancy.

Method man Viggo Mortensen and unknown Kodi Smit-McPhee star as father and son - the unnamed Man and Boy - wandering together through the ashes of a desolate America.

Man and Boy traverse a continent, scavenging for food and supplies, dodging the violent threat of other desperate survivors, clinging to hope through their love for one another.

The cause of humanity's demise is hinted at, but never explicit, leaving viewers to share the characters' sense of confusion and hopelessness - but although they seem lost, the story never is, as Hillcoat preserves a taut narrative full of shocks and suspense.

The director's attention to detail in this bleak world is immaculate, and a hugely-impressive supporting cast featuring the likes of Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron and Guy Pierce, ensures that characterisation and emotion are never sacrificed in favour of spectacle.

The second movie release out tomorrow sees Mel Gibson make his eagerly anticipated return to the big screen in a Hollywood adaptation of a British movie, Edge of Darkness (15).

Gibson, who last starred in Signs in 2002, plays a Boston-Irish police officer, Craven, a widower, who is also a recovering alcoholic.

His daughter is brutally murdered in front of him when she visits him at home.

Craven engineers it for himself to be in charge of the investigation, but is haunted by the presence of his daughter as he tries to solve the chilling case.

Directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) this action thriller is bound to entertain, while A-lister Mel Gibson shows that he has still got plenty to offer the audience.

*The Weston & Somerset Mercury has teamed up with the Odeon to offer five lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to see a film of their choice, subject to availability.

To enter the competition, simply click on the link below and answer the following question by 10am on February 5. Who is the director of The Road?

Usual Archant rules apply and the editor's decision is final. Please check availability with Weston Odeon box office before arriving with your winning tickets.

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