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.
Director Sam Mendes' follow up to American Beauty proves to be one of the best looking movies that I've seen.
Based on a comic book of the same name, the story involves the Irish and Italian mob, during Prohibition era. Taking place in 1931 Chicago area, a hitman for the mob must take revenge after some of his family is murdered by the people he works for. This is due to his son witnessing the kind of work his father does for the first time. Problem is, the hitman sees his boss as his own father, and the man he wants to kill is his father's actual son.
Michael Sullivan, Jr.: Does Mama know?
Michael Sullivan: Your mother knows I love Mr. Rooney. When we had nothing, he gave us a home... a life... and we owe him.
Tom Hanks stars as the hitman, Mike Sullivan, in a role somewhat against type, but he does good enough in a role that is fairly underwritten.
Paul Newman is also good, but that's hard not to expect. He is the mob boss conflicted by his two sons, and having to make a choice of life or death between them.
John Rooney: Natural law. Sons are put on this earth to trouble their fathers.
The best comes from Jude Law as one of the creepiest hitmen I've seen who looks rat like, with a cold demeanor, and likes to photograph the dead bodies.
Maguire: I shoot the dead. Dead bodies, that is. I don't kill them.
Tyler Hoechlin as Hanks' son, Michael Jr., is also very good, along with the supporting cast that includes Daniel Craig and Stanley Tucci.
Being based on a graphic novel, this movie really is all about it's looks for the most part, but it is still worthwhile, with a couple of moving scenes. The score is also terrific. The emphasis of style over substance is presence, but it also leads to less dialog and exposition, in favor of letting the audience understand the story through what is shown.
The score and visual style make this worth seeing. The characters are handled well enough, despite the majority of them being cold blooded. The story is ok, but this is a very well made film.
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.