Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Daniel Craig,
Stanley Tucci, and Jennifer Jason Leigh
Directed By: Sam Mendes
Road to Perdition has an exit called "Road to Oscar©"
for these boys! Jude Law, Tom Hanks, and Paul Newman simply glitter
like the megawatt stars they are in this mesmerizing tale of a
man torn between good and evil, family and "family"
Sullivan (Tom "Bosom Buddy" Hanks) has a nice little
family that he adores in that 1930's stoic father's way. His elder
son, Michael Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin) is curious as to what exactly
his father does for a living. Junior starts to spy on him and
gets a feeling dad may not be exactly a salesman at the local
propane gas company. Mike Jr. decides he's going to get to the
bottom of this once and for all and tags along, hidden, in Pop's
car as Michael Sr. leaves for one of his "evening calls"
for his boss Mr. John Rooney (Paul - steel blues- Newman).
picks up a guy named Conner (Daniel Craig). Conner is Mr. Rooney's
prodigal son and Mike Sr.'s fellow employee. The two men are on
a mission to simply have a little chat with an associate named
Finn. Finn handles an alcohol division for Mr. Rooney's little
town. His brother did too until he had an unfortunate accident.
Mike Jr. follows the guys, still unseen, to their soiree in the
warehouse and spies on the tough-guy meeting through a neat, and
convenient, hole in the wall.
the meeting falls apart and people get shot to death. Junior sees
the whole thing and is quickly spotted by his father and Conner,
the gunmen. Pops warns him to stay quite and Junior agrees with
a pinch of attitude.
Conner's not convinced and decides to take out the little Sullivan
Conner missed a couple of Sullivans. In particular Mike Jr, and
Mike Sr.. And Michael the elder is real, real mad.
begins our tale. Now Michael Sullivan, a once trusted henchman
and practically a son to Mr. John Rooney himself, is out for revenge.
And he wont stop till he gets the man responsible for the hideous
murders of his other son, Peter and his beautiful wife Anne (Jennifer
Jason Leigh). He doesn't care who Conner is.
all so complicated now for Mr. Rooney. He must choose between
his own troubled son, Conner the family killer and Michael whom
he adores like a son. His decision is quick and pained. Rooney
orders the expertise of a vicious terrible man-devil who "does
this kind of thing" to find Michael Sullivan and Michael
Jr. and be done with the whole situation.
Enter a cruddy-toothed, jagged finger nailed, hollow Renfieldesque
fellow who digs taking photo essays of the dead named Maguire
(Jude- yummy even scummed up- Law). Actually, Maguire enjoys taking
photos of the macabre and doing a bit of murder for hire
on the side. Two of his passions working in unison and he gets
paid for it; Maguire's a happy man. Shiver.
is relentless and doesn't flinch a dollop of muscle that one of
his intended victims, Michael Sullivan Jr., is a mere twelve years
old. He thinks it'll make a great photo keepsake when he's done
and is giddy with anticipation.Cringe.
watch as Michael Sullivan and his son try to avenge their family
and try to just stay alive.
film is spectacular. A tad heavy hearted at times and a few things
are a bit too easily explained, but when you've got acting caliber
like Hanks, Newman, and Law painting the screen that's a mute
barely noticeable point.
Sullivan Jr. played by Tyler Hoechlin was precise. This kid is
on the screen with some pretty big acting muscle and never, even
for a nanosecond, gives up his scenes. Bravo.
Law...what can I say? Well I'd breed with the man 'nough
said? Hey, Jude's just a joy to watch as he morphs into his latest
role, Maguire. And this fellow he inhabits is his juiciest villain
yet. You can practically smell him from your seat he's
so odious and sour. It's a brilliant performance. And gals without
the creepy make-up Jude's one of the world's yummiest mansicles.
He's scrumptious like an English muffin toasted gently and spread
with full fat butter....there's a million crevices of naughty
yummy bits. Of course he's already taken and started a little
lawful brood with that gorgeous Sadie Frost....on to the next
Tom Hanks. Thomas Hanks. This role gave
the mega-talent a bit of a stretch. There's no perky doodle head
tilts or sappy guffaws delivered by Tom's stern Michael fellow.
Michael's stuck smack in the middle of life. A life, one gets
the feeling, found him. Hanks delivers the emotional range with
his usual grace and ease. He's just fantastic, as always.
Newman is already an acting legend. You expect a caliber performance
really. But, watching his delivery of subtle turmoil over the
painful life altering decisions Rooney needs to make or Rooney's
mask of jovial host at a "family" wake truly give insight
to the immense and commanding acting talents Mr. Newman has. I
hear he cooks too. What a guy!
Sam Mendes, infamous for the multi-Academy Award©
winning behemoth American Beauty,
has done it again. He's brought us another snapshot of an American
family that's not so perfect, neat and traditional, but none the
less a unit. Mendes brought back cinematographer Conrad Hall and
composer Thomas Newman, from American Beauty as well, to
create the feel of the piece. Hall's interpretations of Nancy
Haigh's sets have an almost surreal translucent gossamer feel;
like a dream state. The film's style and beauty are inspiring.
your way to the Road to Perdition there's a whole cast
of talents in front and behind the film waiting to delight. Would
this have been so great without Newman, Law or Hanks? No, but
lucky for us we don't have to worry about that. Enjoy.
Recommendation: Diner food and a cup-o-joe.
Please check out the soundtrack review HERE
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