Monday, July 21, 2014

Road to Perdition (2002)

Director: Sam Mendes

Writers: Max Allan Collins, Richard Piers Rayner, David Self

Composer: Thomas Newman

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Paul Newman, Liam Aiken, Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds, Craig Spidle, Ian Barford, Stanley Tucci

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Pray for Michael Sullivan

Plot: Set in the Depression era a mob hitman (Hanks) unravels after his wife is murdered and his son finds out exactly what his father is. Now Hanks takes it personal and takes revenge.

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

Great flick.  It's gorgeous and it takes its time.  The performances are splendid and Thomas Newman delivers a wonderful score but I can't help but feel I've heard that theme before and it was from Carter Burwell.  The Conrad Hall's cinematography is just stunning.  It's so good that you don't want the film to end.  Obviously it does and it's a good one.  Even though Hanks is playing a gangster on the wrong side of the law, he's still a good man who, as far as we know, only kills bad people.  Has Hanks ever played a villain or a really bad man?  I can't think of any.  Anyway, not much to say about this one except it's fantastic and I'd almost forgotten how good it was in the ten or so years since I last saw it.

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