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Road to Perdition
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Starring: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Tyler Hoechlin
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Dreamworks Pictures / 20th Century Fox
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Kiddie Movie: Leave them at home.
Date Movie: It's a heavy drama with ugly violence.  She might get scared and snuggle.
Gratuitous Sex: There is a scene in a bar/brothel, but nothing gratuitous.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of people get killed and it's pretty graphic.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: There is a chuckle, especially when Sullivan is robbing banks.
Memorable Scene: The entire movie is one, big, memorable scene.
Memorable Quote: Sullivan to the bank manager:  "Always trust a bank manager."
Directed By: Sam Mendes
Produced By: Richard Zanuck, Dean Zanuck, Sam Mendes

Road to Perdition
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:56 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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.

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 Chicago.

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 Dad.

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 the mob.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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