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Road to Perdition

Road to Perdition
  • 2002
  • US
  • 117 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Daniel Craig, Tyler Hoechlin

A Depression era gangster picture with solid American family values. It may also, like Mendes' absurdly overrated Oscar-winner 'American Beauty', fool cinema-goers into confusing its moody self-importance for profound insight. For here are Big Stars, Big Themes (Fathers and Sons, Loyalty and Betrayal, Sin and Salvation) and Heavy Symbolism (Water = Death). Through Conrad Hall's darkly glistening cinematography, many of the individual tableaux are impressively staged and stunning to behold. If only Mendes' empty, over-dressed spectacle had done justice to the fine photography and performances.

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