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Road to Perdition [Blu-ray]

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5.0 out of 5 stars A customer's opinion July 20 2005
By A Customer
The first time I saw this movie was at a friend's house on his home theatre. As soon as I heard the beautiful Thomas Newman score and observed the gorgeous cinematography, I knew I would love this film. The acting is excellent and the story intriguing. There are many images which stay with me, especially the gun fight in the rain and Tom Hanks subsequent trip to the hotel to settle the score. Very powerful. This film has an old-time, epic movie feel to me. If you enjoy good cinema, then you may enjoy this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Respect to the source...THE COMIC BOOK! June 15 2004
By lando
A different approach to comic media has spawn an unbelievable guideline to the making of one of the best gangster movie and also one of the best comic book adaptation since THE CROW. Well done indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ROAD TO OBLIVION June 21 2004
Dark, moody and tragic, ROAD TO PERDITION is a masterfully made and engrossing film. Its most powerful scene is when Tom Hanks as the hitman Michael Sullivan takes out Paul Newman's hitmen on a raindrenched street; there is no dialogue, no accompanying soundtrack, just slowmotion of the shootings and the knowledge Newman has of what lies in store. It's ultimately chilling and fascinating in its execution.
Tyler Hoechlin shines as Michael's young son who witnesses his father at work in the execution of a member of Newman's brood. Ciaran Hinds (so good in "Veronica Guerin" and "Sum of all Fears") is the victim; the killer is Newman's spoiled son, played well by Daniel Craig. When Craig has Hanks' wife and youngest son murdered, this tale of vengeance spins into its ultimately tragic denouement.
Jude Law is frighteningly chilling in his portrayal of a photographer who loves to photograph the dead, and is hired to take out Hanks. Stanley Tucci is superb as Frank Nitti, Al Capone's henchman.
Tom Hanks is excellent, too, as a father who hasn't taken the time to know his son, and whose life of killing catches up with him. Watching him grow in his love for his son makes for some emotionally devastating scenes, and the ending is powerful.
ROAD TO PERDITION is first-class film making, beautifully filmed and scored. I found it to be very moving.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mobster's Paradise June 17 2004
"Road to Perdition" is Greek-type tragedy set in Depression-Era America with mobsters as his heroes, or anti-heroes. Tom Hanks plays Michael Sullivan, a mob enforcer who works for John Rooney, played wonderfully by Paul Newman. Tyler Hoechlin is Hank's son, Michael Jr, who on the one hand is the omnipresent narrator, but also represents the tragic flaw of his father. Men who name their sons after themselves presumably hope they will turn out like them. However Michael Sr. does not want his son involved in his evil ways, but Michael Jr. inevitably gets caught up when he witnesses one of his father's murders. This sets in motion a chain of events which ultimately lead to father and son fleeing on the road to perdition, or road to hell. What comes about is the film's central theme, and question: Is it possible for fathers to spare their sons from the costs of their sins?
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Road to Perdition Nov. 13 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Great acting very believable characters. Tom Hanks did a great job. I enjoyed the movie. If not ideal the ending was believable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hanks is unbelievably too honest in this role July 22 2004
"The Road to Perdition" has a great cast, a good script and high production values, although its ironically expensive, Depression (1931) setting seems oddly out of place in post-9/11 production. Tom Hanks, fresh from the remarkable HBO production of "Band of Brothers", seemed to nudge "Perdition" into Oscar nomination territory by the sheer resonance of his transportable, good-guy character. There are days, these days, when Hanks might be the only honest person left in the Western world.
He's too good for the role of Sullivan, a family hit man who works for "Mr. Rooney", the latter played with great depth by an appropriately wizened Paul Newman. Picture Gabriel Byrne, dressed for "Miller's Crossing", in Tom's place, and you have the needed twist. And yet, such is the lovability factor of Hanks, he'd be sadly missed.
The "Perdition" story's undertow goes essentially like this: Your puppy is fine - he's been sent, along with a Gladstone bag of money, to live on a particularly desirable and believable, midwestern pre-vinyl farm.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Overrated Bore...
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Published on July 16 2004 by Nick Tropiano
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Gangster Film
Mike Sullivan (Hanks) is a faithful strong man for crime boss John Rooney (Newman). Sullivan's son witnesses a murder which makes Rooney unconfortable and puts Sullivan and his... Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by R. Barmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Road to Perdition (2002)
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Tyler Hoechlin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Graig.
Running Time: 117 minutes. Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by The Tweeder
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but moving movie!
"Road To Perdition" stars Tom Hanks and Paul Newman in a really dark and absolutely dramatic story that takes place in the year 1931. Read more
Published on May 24 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Road to Perdition
Wow, is THE ROAD TO PERDITION a slow moving movie. Deliberate, ponderous, lugubrious. Take your pick, this is one slow flick. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by Steven Hellerstedt
4.0 out of 5 stars Escaping fate
I don't know why this wonderful period film hasn't received more serious attention. Tom Hanks and Paul Newman are fantastic in it, the cinematography is absolutely captivating, and... Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by Eric J. Lyman
4.0 out of 5 stars A real world "buddy picture"
Real world? I think so, in many ways. One of my favorite Bible verses is "Be sure your sins will find you out. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Ryan McNabb
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