Thursday, May 19, 2011

Road to Perdition

Road to Perdition (2002)


When his pregnant fiancee becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.




"May you get to Heaven an hour before the Devil knows you're dead" 

When you say gangster movie, you immediately think about movies like "The Godfather" and "Goodfellas". "Road to Perdition" is also a gangster movie but it's different. It's more stylish and focuses even more and goes deeper in on the characters.




Visually this movie is absolutely wonderful! The atmosphere is brilliant thanks to the likewise brilliant cinematography by Conrad L. Hall who won a well deserved Oscar for it. Unfortunately the brilliant Mr. Hall died 11 weeks before he could collect his second Oscar. "Road to Perdition" was a worthy last movie for him. Also the sets and costumes and last but not least the subtle and soft music by Thomas Newman all add further to the atmosphere.




Tom Hanks is absolutely wonderful in this film. At first he plays a strict father and tough gangsters but as the movie progresses his character becomes more and more loose and open. The way the father/son story is told is brilliant and almost touching. Not only the Sullivan/Sullivan Jr. story but also the Sullivan/Rooney father/son story. I can't say that I'm always happy the way Jude Law's character is used throughout the movie and about the character in general. Veteran Paul Newman of course is a wonderful addition to the solid cast.




The story is told in a wonderful way by director Sam Mendes with lot's of visual beauty. Result is a unique gangster film with some unforgettable scene's such as the rain shootout, which is absolutely a brilliant scene thanks to the cinematography, music and the sound or better said the lack of sound.



A wonderful character driven, crime drama.

8/10

Have you seen it? If so, what's your opinion?


26 comments:

  1. I agree with 8/10, maybe 8.5/10. Studied this film as a Film Noir. Great watch.

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  2. Like movies like that with good old weapons and guys !

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  3. pff how could i miss that one, it's on my download list. thanks

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  4. I liked this movie but only 7/10

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  5. LOVE this movie... its dark its violent and there isnt a happy moment in it start to finish... perfect for my mood tonight!

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  6. Looks nice and gritty, just my style.

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  7. for some reason i didnt like this movie at all.

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  8. Tom Hanks looks like a 70's pornstar in the poster.

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  9. never caught this one. looks interesting tho

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  10. I've been looking for a good movie like this. I'll have to check it out, thanks!

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  11. This one looks pretty good actually, gotta watch it.

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  12. Great blog! Keep the posts coming, i enjoy reading them!

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  13. that looks awesome! Gunna watch it soon

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  14. have not seen it yet, no. Have no time for movies :(

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  15. Love this film. I always thought it just lacked something to really be considered great. I'm a sucker of any film in this genre though..

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  16. Never did saw this movie and your review sounds pretty cool actually.

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  17. nice review, I gonna to see this movie.

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  18. Awesome film! excellent review!

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  19. Never heard about this movie I <3 mafia style movies

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  20. wow sounds really interesting!
    Gangster films are always awesome!

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  21. One of my favorite films, dat rain scene.

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