The Road is a 2009 post-apocalyptic drama directed by John Hillcoat and written by Joe Penhall. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel of the same name by American author Cormac McCarthy, the film stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as a father and his son in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. A man and his young son struggle to survive after an unspecified cataclysm has killed most plant and animal life. Civilization has collapsed, reducing the survivors to scavenging and in most cases cannibalism. The duo search for supplies as they travel south on a road to the coast in the hope it will be warmer. The man is armed with a revolver, but carries just two rounds. A series of flashbacks reveals that the man's wife had given birth to the child shortly after the catastrophe. The flashbacks show her deteriorating morale and physical condition in their home, eventually leading to the man cutting up floorboards for fuel.