Road to Perdition [Blu-ray]
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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.
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 ›
Cast: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Tyler Hoechlin, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stanley Tucci, Daniel Graig.
Running Time: 117 minutes.
Rated R for violence and language.
Director Sam Mendes has the extraordinary talent of weaving stories on film that can be used on many different levels. His first main feature, "American Beauty" was an exhilerating tale that on one level was a satire of surban life, while also a dark, melancholic depection of the meaning of life and how beautiful each small essence of it can be. "Road to Perdition", his next feature, has a simlar tone to it and is a film that is layered similar to an onion.
Tom Hanks is good (yes, only good--his efforts in films such as "Apollo 13", "Castaway", and "The Green Mile" were slightly better) as a gangster who works for one of the most powerful (and crooked) men in the city (played by Paul Newman in a limited role, unfortunately). When his son (Tyler Hoechlin) witnesses an accidental murder of one of his father's colleagues, the duo must leave town in order to survive the aftermath of the ordeal. Jude Law gives a great performance as the eerie photographer who is hired to not only track down the father and son, but kill them because of the information they are not supposed to know.
"Road to Perdition" is a powerful tale that captures the essence of the extraordinary possibilites presented in a father-son bond. It is a film that shows the corruptness of the business world at the time (the film was depicted around the time of the depression), but ultimately unfolds as a journey about vengeance, redemption, and love.Read more ›
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“What a good trio of actors to have in a movie, “Paul Newman, Jude law” and Tom Hanks”
all three are outstanding to no surprise, I love it when Jude Law had all the glass in... Read more
Surprising role for Tom Hanks...he doesn't often play it so straight and somber. Great actor!Published 17 months ago by William Cody
Superb picture and audio quality. The cinematography is simply astounding, perhaps the most beautiful photographed movie there is. Highly recommended.Published on Nov. 28 2013 by Chris
Great acting very believable characters. Tom Hanks did a great job. I enjoyed the movie. If not ideal the ending was believable.Published on Nov. 13 2013 by Oreosnap
"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... Read morePublished on July 22 2004 by John Colville