The film has some great performances, particularly from Newman, and Jude Law who plays a dispicable hitman/crime scene photographer. The dull colored costumes fit perfectly with the bleak time period, the production design authentically recreates 1930s Chicago, and the Thomas Newman score is somber and haunting. Yet what stands out is the amazing cinematography from the 'Master of Darkness,' Conrad L. Hall. Never has such a bleak picture looked so vibrant. Hall creates a limbo of shadows, half seen faces, and rain-soaked frames. Each shot presents a visceral chill that reverberates throughout the film. Brilliant work! And in his sophomore effort following the acclaimed, "American Beauty," Sam Mendes proves that he is a master craftsman.
"Road to Perdition" does have many laurels and is a good picture overall. However, my problem with it is that it plays too much like a Greek tragedy.Read more ›