Plot – A mob enforcer’s son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge – Road to Perdition.
Director – Sam Mendes
Released – 2002
Road to Perdition is one of those movies that you watch and wonder why it took you so long to watch and enjoy the excellent direction, beautiful cinematography and nuanced performances from the principal players, namely from Tom Hanks as a mobster/hit-man and Paul Newman as a rural crime boss/father figure. Both of which deliver incredible performances in this story of revenge, honour and betrayal.
Now, after a couple of viewings, I’m more and more impressed with this film, the actors and director alike. This finely crafted story demands repeat viewings and close attention in much the same way as Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Each of the characters and their motivations is fleshed out, the film style and direction help to make this a success, taking the audience down a rabbit hole filled with twists and turns.
At no point do you feel these changes of direction or sub-plots are unwarranted, only helping to draw you into this story of depression-era Irish-mob life? Narrated from the perspective of a twelve-year-old Michael (Tyler Hoechlin) Road to Perdition remains one of the top gangster films of the modern era.