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Directed by Sam Mendes and based on the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner, the Depression-era crime epic ROAD TO PERDITION stars Tom Hanks as Michael...Read more
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DEPRESSION~ERA CRIME STORY STARRING TOM HANKS~MUST SEE!
Based on a graphic novel, this Depression-era crime story stars Tom Hanks as Michael Sullivan. Hanks plays a quiet hit man who is duty bound to Mafia boss John Rooney, played ...Read more
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A dark, unforgettable movie
Although this movie is dark and seems rather slow, its pace is perfect, considering the subject matter. Tom Hanks plays a man in the 1920s immersed in a crime family with no ...Read more
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Directed by Sam Mendes and based on the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner, the Depression-era crime epic ROAD TO PERDITION stars Tom Hanks as Michael Sullivan, a quiet hit man who is duty bound to Mafia boss John Rooney (Paul Newman). The mobster's close bond with Sullivan, however, leads Rooney's jealous blood son, Connor (Daniel Craig), to orchestrate a tragic series of events that results in Sullivan on the run with his 12-year-old son, Michael Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin). Soon an unscrupulous crime photographer/assassin named Maguire (Jude Law) is sent after Sullivan and his son, and Sullivan must decide on a course of action as young Michael comes to terms with his father's violent way of life.Meticulously directed by Mendes and brilliantly photographed by Conrad Hall, each scene of ROAD TO PERDITION has the composition of an expertly crafted painting. Making effective use of rain, snow, and shadows, the filmmakers create a cinematic world that's as dark, cold, and unforgiving as many of its inhabitants. But the film also allows for glimpses of emotional warmth, particularly in Sullivan's relationships with his son and Rooney, his surrogate father. In these roles, the respective actors create complex characters that resonate even in their restraint. Hanks is outstanding as a man of action with little time for words, while Hoechlin creates an unsentimental portrait of a confused boy; Newman once again proves why he's a screen legend and, in a strikingly unflattering role, Law makes the most out of his screen time as a creepy, parasitic hit man. Even in its harshest moments, however, Mendes never fails to remind the audience that ROAD TO PERDITION is a film about fathers and sons; and this is what elevates it from an atmospheric gangster movie to a truly astonishing work of art.

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  • Edition: Full Frame
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 667068997828

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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD
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Director:Sam Mendes
Leading Role:Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law
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"...Because it is so careful with its effects, this film's ability to create feeling sneaks up and surprises....This is a story with a will to move us and the ability to do whatever it takes to make that happen..."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (07/12/2002)

"...A truly majestic visual poem....Mr. Hanks does a powerful job..."
New York Times - Stephen Holden (07/12/2002)

"...ROAD TO PERDITION has the juice to get its hooks into you, knock you off balance and keep you that way for two hours. It's a triumph for director Sam Mendes..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (08/08/2002)

"...Beautifully made, well-acted, brilliantly photographed..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (07/28/2002)

"...There's inventiveness, intelligence, even brilliance here..."
Total Film - Nev Pierce (10/01/2002)

"...Hanks and Newman are radiant with the blessings of unstopped talent, two greats from two generations who each understand the power of underplaying..."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (07/19/2002)

"...Law helps bring this dark, strange, and ultimately moving film into disturbing places of the sort that most studio movies can't even imagine, let alone depict..."
Premiere - Glenn Kenny (08/01/2002)

3 stars out of 5 -- "The film pulls off the nifty trick of being both impressively epic and movingly intimate."
Empire - Ian Freer (06/01/2010)

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DEPRESSION~ERA CRIME STORY STARRING TOM HANKS~MUST SEE!

Created: 14/04/08
Based on a graphic novel, this Depression-era crime story stars Tom Hanks as Michael Sullivan. Hanks plays a quiet hit man who is duty bound to Mafia boss John Rooney, played by Paul Neuman. Due to a chain of illegal acts, we see Hanks on the run with his 12-year-old son, Michael Jr. played by Tyler Hoechlin. A crime photographer and assassin named Maguire, played by Jude Law is sent after Sullivan and his son. Hanks must decide on a course of action as his young son realizes his father's violent way of life. Meticulously directed and brilliantly photographed, each scene of ROAD TO PERDITION has the composition of an expertly crafted painting. Making effective use of rain, snow, and shadows, the filmmakers create a cinematic world that's as dark, cold, and unforgiving as many of its inhabitants. The film also allows for glimpses of emotional warmth, particularly in Sullivan's relationships with his son and Rooney his friend and surrogate father. Hanks is outstanding while Newman once again proves why he's a screen legend. If you are a Tom Hanks fan, and like the film The Green Mile, I think this is a must see film for you. I loved this film, and was pleasantly surprised at its riveting effect. Give it 5 Stars *****
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A dark, unforgettable movie

Created: 03/10/06
Although this movie is dark and seems rather slow, its pace is perfect, considering the subject matter. Tom Hanks plays a man in the 1920s immersed in a crime family with no real way out. When his son witnesses a routine killing, the boss (Paul Newman) takes an interest and decides it's time for the whole family to go. Father and son escape, while two other family members are murdered in cold blood. The remainder of the movie the two of them are on the run, avoiding the hitmen who follow. Although the father and son had little to no contact before the tragedy, they develop a close bond on the run. Although a great tragedy occurs at the end of the movie, the viewer feels better knowing that the father and son developed real feelings for each other before the final scene.
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Road to Perdition

Created: 16/11/08
Road to Perdition is a powerful and emotianlly packed story about father's and sons and the conflicts that arise out of blind loyalty, jealousy,and betrayal...All depicked under the dark cloud of unremorseful violence. It ultimately deals with the unapologetic love two father's have for their sons. The Road to Perdition, a title that underscores the dark, dark twisting journey that the viewer must travel until the dramatic inevitable end which actually begins a new untold story. The film is in the best tradition of film noir. Newman and Hanks, who play the fathers, are at their very best. The visually cold, settings all contribute to the ominous mood and the sense of impending doom. A masterpiece of film presentation. A deep and sad tale without offering much emotional release except for the satisfaction of seeing a near perfect work of art. This film stands alone. See for yorself.
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Road to Perdition - Great Movie

Created: 03/08/09
I bought 5 of these movies because I'm a Sullivan and I had to give one to each of the inlaw families.

This movie is great! It's exciting, sad, some happy parts, but I suppose it's a good look at the way things used to be between parents and kids, or more... fathers and sons. No real show of affection back in the old days, what a shame. The son learned to never be like his father, sad but a good choice.
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Road to Perdition

Created: 11/06/08
Good movie. Not one of Tom Hanks better movies but kept me interested. Jude Law's role was not the "ladies man" role he usually plays and his acting skills need refining to the level of Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. It was great seeing Tom Hanks play the role of a hitman. Another movie that shows his versatility. Entertaining to watch.
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