Road to Perdition
On the surface, 12-year-old Mike Sullivan (Tyler Hoechlin) lives a normal life with loving parents and little brother. Questions about his father Michael’s (Tom Hanks) occupation only produce vague answers about Michael working for his surrogate father, John Rooney (Paul Newman), a wealthy, grandfatherly figure. Within 24 hours of Mike seeing his beloved dad participate in a bloody shooting, the Sullivan family is destroyed, with Mike and Michael running for their lives. Set in the midwest in 1931, THE ROAD TO PERDITION mesmerizes viewers with its heartbreaking, unforgettable story of a father and son. Look for this film at Oscar time.
The sordid world of organized crime unveils itself to 12-year-old Mike when he and his dad become the hunted. Mr. Rooney’s jealous son, Connor (Daniel Craig), orchestrates an ambush to kill Michael. Michael and Mike become “Robinhood” style bank robbers, taking only money from special mobster accounts and not regular deposits. The cold-blooded executions are performed within the mob – one day a trusted partner becomes the next day’s butchered corpse. The killings are followed by a wake and a church funeral conducted by a priest who is “one of them.” The bloody aftermath of killings is graphic, gory and excessive. Especially gruesome is a crime photographer-assassin (Jude Law) who delights in slaughtering a victim, then selling photos of them to the tabloids. Foul language permeates the dialogue with 13 obscenities and 8 regular profanities. Michael changes from a cold assassin to a father determined to perform one heroic deed – free his son from a legacy of crime. THE ROAD TO PERDITION paints a dark but vivid picture of evil and its dire consequences, but its intense violence and foul language make it a poor choice for discerning moviegoers.