Reviewed by: Ryan Izay
Tom Hanks … Michael Sullivan
Tyler Hoechlin … Michael Sullivan Jr.
Rob Maxey … Drugstore Owner
Paul Newman … John Rooney
Liam Aiken … Peter Sullivan
Jude Law … Harlen Maguire
Jennifer Jason Leigh … Annie Sullivan
Daniel Craig … Connor Rooney
Ciarán Hinds … Finn McGovern
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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
The Zanuck Company
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|Distributor||DreamWorks SKG, 20th Century Fox|
“Every father is a hero to his son.”
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, in the middle of all the summer blockbusters, a gem is released. “Road to Perdition” is a dark and incredible work of art. From start to finish this film is meticulously constructed in a way that is truly amazing to watch.
“Perdition” is the story of a hitman Michael Sullivan, who is also a family man. When his family and job collide leaving his wife and one of his sons dead, he takes his other son on the road in attempt to avenge their death. The only problem is that the man who killed them is also the son of the boss, so naturally there are many people out to get Sullivan. One man in particular is hired to kill Sullivan. His name is Maguire and he is slightly insane, a performance by Jude Law that you would not expect to see.
Sam Mendes directs this film in the same incredible way that grabbed us with “American Beauty”. And of course it does not hurt that Conrad Hall Sr. came along to do this film as well, for as breathtaking as the performances are the way this film was shot. Cinematography does not get any better than this film.
Tom Hanks is great in the subtle role of Sullivan. He finds a way to stay a hardened killer the whole film and still let us know what he is feeling with his eyes. Paul Newman is the boss and he still proves himself to be one of the most talented actors still working.
Although this may possibly be the best film in years, don’t rush out to see it unless you are sure that you can handle it. “Perdition” is filled with violence and men who know that they are on their way to hell. Many people are shot very brutally and the violence can be tough to watch. There is also a lot of language.
Bottom line is that this is not a film for the immature. If you truly do appreciate film as a work of art and not just entertainment, then chances are you will love this film. Otherwise, it might be safer to just see the blockbusters instead.
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