ROAD TO PERDITION
reviews Road to Perdition, Tom Hanks' attempt at a Gangsta Rap.
Tom "Chubbs" Hanks.... Great
actor. I don't think I'll ever tire of watching him (unless he
releases another Joe Versus the Volcano.) We first caught Tom cross dressing
on the Boob Tube ala Bosom Buddies and later saw him involved in
bestiality flick called Splash. Even with those limited scripts you
just knew he was going to be a huge star. He can do comedy. He
can do drama. And now he's playing a gangster in Road to Perdition,
co-starring Paul Newman and Jude Law.
This two hour long flick set in the 1930's transports us back in time when
the word gangster meant you were somewhat more intimidating than a rap-star wanna-be
(see gangsta... also see Vanilla Ice). Beautiful
costumes, atmosphere and settings convince us that 1) we are back in 1931
and 2) we are watching one high budget flick.
Enter Michael Sullivan (Hanks)... He's a hard worker who puts the bread on
the table doing what he does best - which is unfortunately strong arming
and killing people as the right hand man of the local crime boss, John
Rooney (Paul Newman).
Whoops! Here's the kicker.. Seems that Sullivan's oldest son Michael Jr.
sneaks a ride in Daddy's car one night and witnesses a half dozen men get
slaughtered because the son of the crime boss, Connor Rooney, is a screw
up moron. Uh oh... instant problem.
Connor attempts to eliminate the young
witness to his crime, however only manages to kill Sullivan's wife and
other son (told you he was a screw up). Michael Sullivan and Junior
then spend the rest of the movie on a road trip for revenge.
When I first heard this movie's title, I (along with half the civilized
movie going world) immediately said to myself, "What the heck does
Perdition mean?" Don't be embarrassed... admit it.
Anyhow, for all of us non-church going folk, Perdition is defined as
"Loss of the soul; eternal damnation." Perdition is also
the town that Hanks is attempting to reach, so the title has a (ooohhhh)
double meaning. Hanks wants to insure that his son doesn't follow
his dangerous lifestyle. As Paul Newman's Crime Boss character is
very fond of saying "All of us are going to hell anyway."
The only thing Hanks' character really has left after his wife and child
die is juniors pristine, unscarred soul - and he'll do anything to
Perdition moves along smoothly and is gorgeous to look at. The
acting is superb. Even the actor who plays the young Michael
Sullivan (Tyler Hoechlin) pulls his weight. They chose him because
of his soulful 'adult' looking eyes. At times he looks like a baby
Ray Liotta (without the eyeliner), and at other times he looks exactly
like K.D. Lang's Mini-Me (Exactly like her in every way, except one-eighth
her size... Oh yah, and they both like girls).
Paul Newman has still got it. How old is this bugger anyway, because
ol' blue eyes is still as sharp as the edge of my infomercial ginsu
knife. Too bad he couldn't work in a plug for his dressing during a
restaurant salad scene or something. Hey, gotta take the perks when
you can get em! He takes the crime boss role and makes it Newman's
Own (sorry, couldn't resist the bad pun). He's also the only actor
in the film that was actually around for the 1930's (wonder if they used
him as a consultant?).
Jude Law plays a deviant photographer/hitman who has a nasty hobby of
photographing dead bodies and a bad sugar habit that makes his teeth look
like he signed up for a Japanese dental care plan. His looks are
also receding, along with his hairline. Hey Jude, don't wear
your hair so short. He's got that Charlie Brown/Andre Agassi look in
The film is obviously big budget and stylish, and the camera and sound work
is A+. Road to Perdition is based on a graphic novel and looks just
as flashy. Great Movie, great acting... An exciting and fun
two hours worth of film.
Rating Box - The Road
2 Hanks, 1 Newman and 1 Jude Law.. That's a 4 out of a possible 5.
If you're wondering why we put Tom twice, it's because we gave him
one for each of his chins. He's got more Chins than a Chinese
The Bottom Line
Seeing as this film is all about the mob and gangster life, we'd better
give this one a good review. We give it two fat Tom's, one Old Newman, and
One Bolo head Jude. That's a total of four out of a possible five.
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