In 2009 Cormac McCarthy's award-winning novel was adapted for the big screen. With the novel a resounding success, the film was off to a brilliant start with a cast including Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce.

The film was directed by John Hillcoat, director of The Proposition, and the screenplay was written by Joe Penhall.

Viggo Mortensen, (Lord of the Rings) gave what many critics called a powerful performance as "the Man", the unnamed father travelling with his son, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee. Together these two form the heart of the movie, with flashbacks of the anguished wife and mother played by Charlize Theron (The Devil's Advocate, Monster). 

The movie made a good impression at the awards. Viggo Mortensen won Best Actor at the 2009 Utah Film Critics Association awards and received 5 other Best Actor nominations across between 2009-2010. Javier Aguirresarobe won Best Cinematography at the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards in 2009 and the 2010 Vits Awards, as well as a nomination for Best Cinematography at the 2010 BAFTA awards.

Other nominations include

  • Golden Lion nomination for John Hillcoat at the 2009 Venice Film Festival,
  • Best Screenplay/Adaptation nomination for Joe Penhall at the 2009 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards,
  • Best Art Direction and Production Design at the 2009 Satellite Awards
  • Best Young Actor nominations for Kodi mit-McPhee at the 2010 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and at the Australian Film Institue awards.