Road to Perdition

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Released 2002

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Director:
Sam Mendes
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Road to Perdition is the 2002 critically acclaimed adaptation of the cult Max Allan Collins graphic novel directed by celebrated filmmaker Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead, Revolutionary Road). Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks, Apollo 13, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away) is cold, efficient enforcer to suave, gentle mobster John Rooney (Paul Newman, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). All seems well, with Sullivan's young songs adoring the old man and unaware of the messy work their father does for him. The work comes home one fateful night however, when Michael Jr. witnesses his father present at a mob murder and is unable to come to grips with the notion that his father is actually a ruthless killer. Rooney's son Connor (Daniel Craig, Casino Royale) is untrustworthy of the young Sullivan's promise to keep his mouth shut and rubs out Sullivan's whole family as a result, causing the father and son to go on the run from the elder Rooney's assassins who want to tie up the loose ends.moreless

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  • 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A truly majestic visual tone poem.

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Mendes, in only his second feature (following the Oscar-winning "American Beauty"), has told this surprisingly resonant story with the potent, unrelenting fatalism of a previously ...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Sam Mendes' much-anticipated second effort after his Oscar-winning "American Beauty" finds him working in a very different key while displaying an even more pronounced attentivenes...

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Crime, Thrillers, mobsters, ruthless killing, criminal turned hero