Road To Perdition

road-to-perditionBBB.5

(out of 5)


Should be called Road To Pretentious; it’s so perfectly photographed and brilliantly art-directed within an inch of its life that it makes for the most shameless Oscar-baiting of the year. plays a henchman in a 1930s Irish mob family run by  who decides to get revenge on his employer when Newman’s own point their pistols towards him and his family. is the film’s most inspired performance as the creepy assassin/photographer hired to find Hanks and take care of him before he succeeds in his mission. Gorgeous to look at and powerfully dramatic, the film is told from the point of view of Hanks’ young son, whose innocence is shattered by the world of murder and betrayal that he is exposed to. Enjoyable and well paced, it would be so much better if director Sam Mendes just told his story instead of trying to impress everyone with how grown up his sophomore movie is; it seems that to follow up his success with American Beauty he places more emphasis on pedigree than entertainment value. All the same, it’s a reasonably memorable melodrama with an excellent period feel.


DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox,

USA, 2002

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the graphic novel by ,

Cinematography by

Produced by Sam Mendes, ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Awards:  2002

Golden Globe Awards:  2002


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