REVIEWED
6/22/03

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Road To Perdition
Director: Sam Mendes
Year: 2002
TRT: 1:57


30's. Mafia. Drama. That pretty much sums this one up. Straight-forward with some obvious pandering to the audience (a killer with heart!). One of these period films comes along every couple of years, this one pretty much as anonymous as the rest, except with better actors and sets.

A well-renowned "heavy" is caught between his loyalties for his job with his employer/father-figure and trying to keep his own children from having to follow in his footsteps as a thug. Blah blah blah, he ends up "bonding" with his kid while on the lam, yadda yadda yadda all for the sake of trying to give his kid a chance to escape the same fate he had.

This is a step up from a generic mob movie, and while the cast is good and it looks great, it plays out pretty much as expected. I respect Hanks in most of the roles he plays, but this one was meant for someone else. If he wants to expand beyond his typecasted "everyman" for films, I suggest he do more theater and quit bitchin about the what, $20 million a picture he rakes in? At least the main kid isn't too annoying, and Jude Law puts in a great role as an overly-morbid "photographer."

Great Scene: Nice montage of father and son making multiple withdrawals from banks.

DVD Notes: Dreamworks put out a pretty extensive DVD with deleted scenes, HBO "making of" documentary, production notes, photo gallery, and commentary by director Mendes. I didn't have the patience (or motivation) to go through any of them.