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A surprisingly great movie! The cinematography and general mood of the film are what make it so great and Tom Hanks elevates this to must watch status. A classic mob movie that does not get the credit it deserves. Highly recommended!
It might not seem this amazing on paper, but my god it was phenomenal. Its brings life into the mafia genre with better development and less swearing and violence. The performances were fantastic across the board, especially Tom Hanks. With a story that is both intense, entertaining, and powerfully moving. You have a must see film by Sam Mendes that well-fully provides an amazing father and son connection.
A stunning gangster film of quiet manner.
Sam Mendes directed what is likely going to be remembered as his greatest film with Road to Perdition (2002). Mendes approached his direction with a steady hand alongside his cinematographer, Conrad L. Hall, to create haunting visuals for his mobster drama.
Every scene is shot so beautifully that many of the images from Road to Perdition are burned into my brain now. The rain sequences, in particular, are so visceral to witness that they offset the brutal violence so nicely.
David Self's script is a wonderful testament to fatherhood and loyalty with many crime saga themes. Max Allen Collins' comic series is brought to life with punching lines of intense bluntness and clever dialogue of biting wit.
Thomas Newman's score is composed of lovely piano melodies and tender sweeping symphonies that sound of forlorn pains akin to those suffered by the gangsters within the film. Road to Perdition's score underscores the serene tone and bittersweet excitement of bloody gunshots throughout the film.
The cast of Road to Perdition is phenomenal all around. Tom Hanks is gripping as the hit-man gone rogue for revenge. Hanks plays a stoic father and a menacing figure dealing out a hail of bullets with ease. His quiet nuanced performance gives you everything you need in a leading man. Hanks is cool, strong, thoughtful, and patient as Michael Sullivan. Tom Hanks gives, perhaps, his peak acting in Road to Perdition.
Paul Newman is a revelation of subtle, yet intimidating acting in Road to Perdition. In what was Newman's last great role, he finds the heart of Irish mob godfather John Rooney with his gentle and likewise fearsome performance. Newman understands the character is a man who has killed his whole life to attain peace for his sons, while regretting all his bloodshed. His final words on screen are ground shaking. Paul Newman was a classic cool actor and Road to Perdition is a respectable way to go out with a bang!
Jennifer Jason Leigh is excellent as Hanks' wife Annie. She is the kindly mother that can be stern as needed. Leigh completely captures a realistic suburban mom involved with the mob. Jennifer Jason Leigh is always a top tier actress and Road to Perdition is no exception.
Jude Law is terrifying as Macguire. His sleazy assassination and corpse photographer persona is an unsettling combination. Law gives one of his best performances as you cannot forget his cruel and sudden violence.
Similarly, Daniel Craig gives one of his most memorable roles in Road to Perdition. His rapidly unnecessary violence feels so monstrous and callous. Craig plays the self-righteous creep with ease.
Lastly, Stanley Tucci and Ciaran Hinds both display fantastic quietly threatening characters in their respective supporting roles. They manage to mesmerize while they are on screen. I must mention the excellent performance from the young Tyler Hoechlin as Michael. His attachment and respect for Tom Hanks is clear as his acting is very convincing for such a young boy.
In conclusion, Sam Mendes might never have matched his early success with his erotic drama American Beauty (1999), if not for his riveting gangster thriller Road to Perdition. This film should have won Best Picture over The Pianist in all honesty.
Tom Hanks actually manages to play a proper bad-ass!
Sam Mendes handles the quiet familial moments with a familiar care but doesn't seem to know what to do with the more action-oriented scenes.
more salvation than damnation..
Road To Perdition
3 And A Half Out Of 5
Road To Perdition is a character driven dramatic thriller about a relationship between a father and a son which is brewed at a critical stage and higher stakes.
Despite of portraying an essential chapter or episode of a young kid, the writing wisely accounts in the bonding of him with his father from the scratch. And it is so well fed to the audience that despite of its dark tone and poignant theme, there is a cathartic experience on each tiny moments of them.
One of the primary strengths of the feature is its uncertainty and unexpected outcome that it evaluates keeping the audience tangled in its world where the sense of urgency too factors in a lot.
Each supporting character gets enough range and space to factor in and work effectively which shows how the makers were chewing the characters properly and were not in any rush.
The costumes designing is out of the park and so is the finely detailed production design but what draws in most of the attention is the metaphorical cinematography that is just pure passion throughout the course of it. An elevating background score, glorifying camera work and perfect editing are too some of its rich details.
The writing is simple as it can be but sensible and justifying as you've never seen. Mendes; the director, at the heart of it, has done a tremendous work on executing such a balanced feature.
Hanks has never been more impactful with a excellent support from Newman, Craig and Law. Jaw dropping visuals, whistle-blowing dialogues and a heartbreaking chemistry are the high points of the feature that makes you look twice.
Road To Perdition is more salvation than damnation since it has such a risky tone to explore at let along triumph over it; a masterstroke by the makers.
Well crafted script with top notch performances and a stunning photography... Also the period films I like very much... Totally it sets the tone for a ride...
This icy and at times off-putting film is propped up by fantastic cinematography and a bleeding heart that becomes more visible as the story progresses.
The story of the father and the child, the story of the family is impressed very much. Just with the brother's snow throwing scene at the beginning, my eyes got wet. However, it was spoiled by a dull screen, a famous act like Tom Hanks, a face of Jude · Row, an out-of-date Paul Newman, a production lacking tension.
I said it many times before, any movie starring Tom Hanks is always good. Unfortunately, today I have to break that hindsight. Yes, the man can act, but if the script and the direction are not equally strong as he is, then he is going to be overshadowed by the film's flaws. "Road to Perdition" is a predictable, father and son noir that only offers a mildly impactful punch. The cinematography was great as well as the lighting, but they are wasted on underdeveloped scenes that don't deserve them.