Road to Perdition
Movie Stats & Links
||Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law,
Dreamworks Pictures /
20th Century Fox
||Leave them at
||It's a heavy drama
with ugly violence. She might get scared and snuggle.
||There is a scene
in a bar/brothel, but nothing gratuitous.
||Lots of people get
killed and it's pretty graphic.
||There is a
chuckle, especially when Sullivan is robbing banks.
||The entire movie
is one, big, memorable scene.
||Sullivan to the
bank manager: "Always trust a bank manager."
Dean Zanuck, Sam Mendes
Everybody was making a big fuss about Tom Hanks being
a bad guy. "Is it a bad move?" "Will his fans be disappointed?" "Can
he even play a bad guy?" Sure, in "Road to Perdition," Tom Hanks is
basically a mob henchman, killing people, or at least tuning them up,
whenever boss John Rooney (Paul Newman) directs him, but I found him
more like a Tony Soprano than an evil killer. He does what he does,
doesnít really like it but accepts his lot in life, but the love for
his family will always come first. Maguire (Jude Law) and Connor
Rooney (Daniel Craig) are really the bad guys, and bad guys they are.
Road to Perdition
A Movie Review
The rundown of the story goes like thisÖ
Tom Hanks plays Michael Sullivan, devoted to John Rooney who
basically raised him as his own son. But John does have his own son in
the likes of Connor. One night Michaelís son, aptly enough Michael Jr.
(played fantastically by Tyler Hoechlin), hides in his fatherís car to
see what Dad does for a living. Unfortunately he witnesses Dad and
Connor tune-up an associate, Connor go a little overboard, and now
itís a bloodbath. Michael assures John and Connor that little Jr. can
keep his mouth shut, but Michael quickly figures out, after being
double-crossed and seeing his wife and other son dead on the bathroom
floor, that he has to figure out a way to save Jr. So itís off to
After trying to make a deal with an associate of Al Capone, Frank
Nitti (Stanley Tucci), and further realizing that he really canít
trust anyone, Michael hopes he can at least save Jr. by taking him to
an Auntís house, in Perdition. Sadly, though, the mob has hired
Maguire, a twisted photographer who likes to take pictures of dead
people, a lot of times him doing the killing, to track down father and
son and kill them. So Michael is trying to elude Maguire, figures out
a plan to have the price on Connorís head higher than his own by
robbing banks sheltering Al Caponeís money, and in the meantime
connect with his son who is finally spending some quality time with
The key to any movie is usually the acting, and you really couldnít
have asked for better than what you get in "Road to Perdition." Hanks,
again, does a fabulous job as the mob enforcer who now has one goal Ė
to save his son from a life like his. Jude Law is great as the creepy
Maguire, complete with rotting teeth and evil grin. Newman does one of
his best acting jobs in years, torn between saving the son he wished
he had and the son he does have, and Hoechlin is great as the son who
at first doesnít understand how Dad can be so evil, then realizing
what Dad does is wrong, but not evil.
The one thing "Road to Perdition" lacks is action, and thatís okay
if you go into the movie expecting that. Itís a full blown drama, with
some quality kills that impact you as they should, and some touching
moments between father and son. I really liked the movie, and I
understand how some critics gave it a little lesser rating, but for me
this was a 5 star movie about the love of family and the brutality of
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!