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Michael Sullivan is a hit man for an Irish gang in the Depression-era Midwest. When his work crosses into his private life, leading to the death of his beloved wife and son, Sullivan and his surviving son set out on a journey of retribution and redemption.
Drama - This dark, slow-paced gangster drama will appeal mostly to older
viewers and fans of stars Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Despite its
violent content, those looking for a lot of action will be
disappointed. The violence isn't overly graphic, but it and the
entire film is too intense for children.
PROFANITY: 9 F-words, 1 S-word, 1 GD, and only a few others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Numerous shootings, some blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use; brief cocaine. ACTION: One shootout sequence. COMEDY: One scene of cute kid humor.
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Review Good "...sumptuous and predigested, top-quality and overdetermined,
serious and easy-reader movie... ...Hanks and Newman are radiant with the
blessings of unstoppered talent, two greats from two generations who each
understand the power of underplaying and sharing the treasures of Conrad L.
Hall's exquisite cinematography.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Good "Hanks and Newman give performances one has a right to expect
from men with gold statuettes on their mantelpieces. As was the case in American
Beauty, Mendes illustrates how accomplished actors will respond to an
assured director. Serious movie-goers embarking upon this journey will find that
The Road to Perdition leads to a satisfying destination.''
Review Good "After I saw "Road to Perdition," I knew I admired
it, but I didn't know if I liked it. I am still not sure. It has been
compared to "The Godfather," but "The Godfather" was about
characters with free will, and here the characters seem to be performing actions
already long since inscribed in the books of their lives.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Very Good "This dark, almost mythic heart is what makes the film
such an emotionally rich experience. It's ultimately not just about damnation,
salvation and America's violent legacy, but the stuff of the truly great
gangster films from SCARFACE to WHITE HEAT and THE GODFATHER: family. "
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
I like it when a movie gets great opinions like this. It's very easy to HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
However, there is a fair number who didn't care much for it and there is a fairly high percentage of negative comments even from those who gave a high review.
The biggest complaint was the ending. I can't say what they didn't like about the ending, because it would reveal too much. Another frequent complaint was that it just wasn't very exciting. This is partly true. There wasn't a lot of action, but I certainly believe there is plenty for most adult viewers.
Some also complained about the level of violence. This does have many brutal killings and yes Tom Hank's character does much of the killing. It's a gangster movie. There's going to be killing.
So, if you enjoy in-depth characterizations and stories that deal mainly with emotional issues and you don't require a lot of excitement and plot twists to keep you entertained, then you will almost certainly be one of those who truly enjoys "Road to Perdition."
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.
Two fathers: Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), a hit man for the Irish mob in
Depression-era Chicago; and Mr. John Rooney (Paul Newman), Sullivan's boss and
the man who raised him as a son. Two sons: Michael Sullivan, Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin)
and Connor Rooney (Daniel Craig), each desperate to earn his father's favor.
Jealousy and competition put them all on a collision course, ultimately bringing
Sullivan's work into his private life and leading to the death of his beloved
wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and youngest son, Peter (Liam Aiken). Now Michael
Sullivan and his surviving son are set on a journey instigated by tragedy and
fueled by revenge.