Road to Perdition is a story of fathers and their sons. Based on the graphic novel which has been quoted as the American version of Lone Wolf and Cub.
Starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Craig, Stanly Tucci, and Jude Law as the rodent like assassin, it is no doubt a well acted movie. This is one of the few movies I really like Jude Law in. I love his scene at the diner with Hanks, talking about what they do for a living. A bead of sweat crawls down Hank's face as the two stare holes into each other. This film also has Daniel Craig at his best before anyone even knew who he was... unless of course you saw Tomb Raider. In my opinion this was and will be Paul Newman's last great performance.
Although his name may not stick out like the rest of our well known directors, Sam Mendes has that amazing gift of a visual artist. Two of of his other films being American Beauty and Jarhead were both awesome from a cinematic stand point. Road to Perdition is no different. Mendes captures every emotion with his slow moving dolly... always a dolly.
Tom Hanks plays Mike Sullivan a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. As mentioned before, this is a story about fathers and there are many many levels to this. Sullivan views Rooney as a father while Daniel Craig plays the deranged jealous son. Mike Sullivan's son feels distant and unconnected with Sullivan until the events of the movie leave the two on the run for their lives. With a hired hit man on their trail, Sullivan seeks revenge for his family while trying to reconnect with his son and lead him on road that doesn't carry the same mistakes he's made.
As steady as a heart beat the movie pounds along, leading you though the trials and tribulations of a man gone wrong. A beautiful movie with solid acting, a simple story, and iconic cinematography.