Road to Perdition is a path not taken by many

23 Oct

Director Sam Mendes creates a visual masterpiece with his gangster film, Road to Perdition. A story about a 1930s mob enforcer named Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) who is betrayed by his boss (Paul Newman) because Sullivan’s son witnesses a murder. Harlen Maguire (Jude Law) is a skillful, but sadistic assassin with an odd obsession of photographing his victims. Sullivan and his surviving son will meet Maguire in a town called Perdition.

The film’s pace is deliberate and each scene is meticulously done. Director of Photography Conrad Hall’s shots are absolutely beautiful. His use of lighting delivers audiences to a time when Tommy Guns were the answer to a gangster’s problems.

Unlike, most gangster films, this film is about the relationship between a father and son. Their journey to Perdition is not easy and the film’s title suggests there will be some kind of reckoning. It’s a road not Taken in Hollywood to often, but audiences will be pleased they did.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: B

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