Road to Perdition

Director: Sam Mendes
Genre: Crime, Drama
Cast: Tom Hanks, Jude Law, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stanley Tucci
Box Office: $104,054,514 (USA)
Trivia: The scene where John Rooney (Paul Newman) and Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) are playing the piano together, was originally supposed to be an Irish dance sequence shared between the two of them.
Memorable Quotes:
Michael Sullivan: He murdered Annie and Peter!
John Rooney: There are only murderers in this room! Michael! Open your eyes! This is the life we chose, the life we lead. And there is only one guarantee: none of us will see heaven.
Michael Sullivan: Michael could.
John Rooney: Then do everything that you can to see that that happens.
[Maguire has pulled out a camera]
Michael Sullivan: Is that, uh… your profession or… your pleasure?
Maguire: Both, I guess. To be paid to do what you love… ain’t that the dream?
Maguire: I shoot the dead. Dead bodies, that is. I don’t kill them.
John Rooney: Natural law. Sons are put on this earth to trouble their fathers.
Michael Sullivan, Jr.: Did you like Peter more than me?
Michael Sullivan: No. I loved you both the same.
Michael Sullivan, Jr.: You were always… different with me.
Michael Sullivan: Was I?
[Sullivan thinks for a while]
Michael Sullivan: Well, I suppose it was because Peter was just… such a sweet little boy, you know? And you… you were more like me. And I… didn’t want you to be.

A terrific film, wonderfully acted. This is one of those movies that take you to the world it happens in. The cinematography mixed with an excellent soundtrack totally free you of your surroundings and immerse you into the story. It’s too hard to explain other than to say you must see this movie.

This final masterpiece by legendary cinematographer Conrad L. Hall is easily the most visually powerful film in the last twenty years. Ominous images create a moving portrait of death and redemption. Director Sam Mendes of “American Beauty” fame returns to tell a dark and yet heartwarming story of fathers and sons that would shock Shakespeare himself (even in death). Great performances by Tom Hanks, Jude Law, Paul Newman and new comer Tyler Hoechlin do justice to a good script.

A major flaw of the film is that characters Annie (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Peter are one-dimensional and lost in the story. Based on the deleted scenes it seems they were sacrificed in the name of commercial time constraints. Despite this semi-character assassination “Road to Perdition” is a film that delivers in every aspect and deserves a spot in a short list of brilliantly shot films. Character development drives this movie. Revenge drives this movie.

All around a great, and a must see. Kind of a dark movie, but a very beautiful movie, and the acting is unbelievable. Might I say that this is the coming out party of Tyler Hoechlin. His performance as the son in this movie is amazing. I didn’t think kids could act as well as this, I was stunned at his performance and all-around solid performance as one of the main center-pieces of this film. Winner of the Best Cinematography Oscar, this movie was well under-appreciated, netting fewer nominations than it should have.


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