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Netflix Chronicles – The Road to Perdition

December 5, 2005

Road to Perdition

The Road to Perdition.  Sam Mendes’ follow-up to the brilliant American Beauty is the story of a hitman, Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), who seeks revenge after his wife and son are murdered.  But matters are not so simple, and he must bring his surviving son with him on his quest.

The film is without question a technical marvel.  The cinematography, costumes, and set design are brilliant.

But…the story was predictable.  In his review, Roger Ebert likened the film to a Greek tragedy, a story whose final outcome is preordained from the onset.  Sadly, I must agree with Ebert.  It was almost…formulaic.

Unfortunately, that feeling cast itself over the entire film.  To me, it made the acting feel muted, and it numbed the emotional impact of the ending.

In conclusion, this film, as beautiful as it is, is no American Beauty.  Nor, in comparison to gangster movies, could I put it in comparison with The Godfather or even The Untouchables.

Three stars out of five.

Next up – Constantine.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenny permalink
    December 5, 2005 2:35 pm

    Really inane comment that I’m going to make anyway – his mustache bothered me the entire movie.

  2. December 6, 2005 10:45 am

    Yeah the movie was insanely predictable. jude law is a good actor though. I saw the movie Kiss Kiss Bang Bang at the Anjelika on Sunday. It tries to be SO WITTY and it really isn’t….. rough stuff…. the girl in it is reallycute though and I’d never heard of her or seen her before. Always a plus.

  3. December 6, 2005 6:13 pm

    “Road To Perdition” is one of the great could have beens of modern cinema. can’t argue with your comments.

    I saw “Constantine” in South Africa. When you see it, bear in mind that it is taken from a graphic novel set in Liverpool, UK, and the original Constantine was a blonde scouser, definitely not Keanu Reeves. I still quite enjoyed it – Tilda Swinton steals the show as the Archangel Gabriel.

  4. December 7, 2005 4:27 pm

    While I was working in Downtown Chicago several years ago, I actually got to watch them film several scenes down by the river next to some old historical buildings. I was pretty far away and couldn’t really see much, but the cheesy mustache was unmistakable. There was even a serious debate going on with the people standing next to me about if the mustache was real or not, apparently it was blown off at one point and they had to halt filming. I thought that it looked real in the movie. Who knows!?!

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