Road to Perdition

"Pray for Michael Sullivan."

Road to Perdition, based on the graphic novel of the same name, is a gangland drama full of flying lead, betrayal and Roaring 20s paranoia. Starring Tom Hanks as Mike Sullivan Sr., the film brought in over $181 million at the box office. The film begins by showing us the life and family of enforcer Mike Sullivan Sr., in the employ of Irish mob boss John Rooney (Paul Newman). Everything seems to be fine as far as his family life goes, but his oldest son, Mike Sullivan Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin) is obsessed with what his father does for Mr. Rooney. So he stows away in his dad's car when he's called out to a meeting with the boss's far-from-stable son Connor (Daniel Craig). Though Connor apologizes, and the boss smooths it over, that incident is the beginning of the end.

Suspecting there will be a problem, Sullivan is sent to an ambush at a speakeasy, and his wife and younger son are murdered. Sullivans Sr. and Jr. go on the lam to Chicago, where the older tries to tie in with Al Capone's operation. He's denied, and Rooney, once hearing about this, reluctantly dispatches an assassin (Jude Law) to take out Sullivan before things can get any worse. The assassin tries and fails.

At this point Sullivan decides to do something crazy and steal the mob's laundered money in hopes he can trade it for Connor. The mob gets wise to the plan, though, and empties the deposits. Sullivan meets up with Rooney's bookkeeper, and that too is a setup. Sullivan gets away with the books and discovers that Connor's been embezzling from his father for years. Sullivan confronts Rooney and kills him and his bodyguard with a tommy gun. He is then given Connor's location. Once the shooting's done, Sullivan has one more run in with the assassin. Sullivan kills him but dies in his son's arms.

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| 2002 | 1 hr 57 min | 7.7/10
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Sam Mendes
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English
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