Good-looking adaptation of a graphic novel with Paul Newman as gangster dad, Jude Law as an assassin and Daniel Craig as the brutal gangster son with no brain doing some stand-out acting, but how can one put Jennifer Jason Leigh in the movie and not let her do anything useful? I also never felt that Tom Hanks was believable as a gangster man-for-hire trying to redeem himself and his presence kill the film somewhat.
A Tom Hanks film, i.e. competent, emotionally and technically (nice cinematography, good performances) compelling with some good themes sprinkled in the plot. Besides that, however, doesn't really go beyond the familiar formulas we are used to in Hollywood flicks.
RIP Conard Hall! Cinematoghraphy was a masterpiece with the beautiful score! Tho IMHO beside his great performance Tom Hanks wasn't the best choice for this part :/ it didn't suit him! and the storyline was too predictable. However the performances were very good after all! :)
Clean and neat execution if conventional and stereotyped take on American Depression-era gangster flick where loyalty and honour are awfully Disneyfied. It is no alcohol breath, blue collar mobs or backstreet midnight dealings but boys on grandpa's knees for Christmas, clean white shirts and cool executions with perfumed machine guns. It is perhaps Jude Law the only bloody manic presence in a film with no guts.
In its pernicious first half it amounts to some classical American myth-making, depicting a country built on honour and collecting owed debts. Thankfully it builds to something grander in the second half where it becomes a more affecting piece through quiet rather than bombast. This is owing to some rather gorgeous scenes and the parental element, where it becomes the father's responsibility to better the son.
Very intelligent gangster movie. There is no bond of loyalty when it comes to family issues. A hitman who is absolutely loyal to his mobster boss, has to recognize this the hard way. While on the run for pure survival, he must take care of his son and of a hired assassin on his heels. Great actors, great camera, great script; Sam Mendes' masterpiece number one ("Revolutionary Road" is number two).
I'm kinda surprised of the lack of credit this movie gets. It's one of my favorites and in it style, sound and technique all come together to create a masterpiece. Granted the plot might not be that inventive but it's easy to relate to all these daddy issues...
There's something magical and dream-like about Road To Perdition. I remember seeing it for the first time. And the second time and the third. The picture means quite a bit to me, the father-son relationship resonating the strongest. It's shot with beauty, clarity and intention. I love the structure, the themes of innocence lost and the reversal of revenge to preservation of good. A perfect movie.