Monday, 20 April 2015

Road to Perdition (2002)

This is one of the best thrillers ever made. This film is a visually stunning masterpiece of Sam Mendes. It gives you an impression that it has been created by people who love cinema both as an art and as entertainment.  The last film with such incredible appeal I had seen was Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino. 

The film has outstanding performances by Tom Hanks and Paul Newman with a small but very effective role by Jude Law. Tom Hanks has played the role of a skilled assassin with a great ease. If you've not seen him play such roles earlier(like me)-you might be in for a surprise. The film has been dedicated to Conrad L. Hall whose strikingly beautiful cinematography has made it the great work of art it's. 

The performance by Tyler Hoechlin as the Michael Sullivan Jr. who is the narrator as well is wonderful. Thomas Newman's score is one of the best I've ever heard in any movie. This movie had me hooked right from the first scene--it's really very aesthetically pleasing, besides having a great thriller plot line. Climax was somewhat predictable yet entertaining and reminded me of The Departed. The title of the film is significant as well as symbolic because the place where narrator's aunt lives is called 'Perdition.' This made me wonder why a place where people live would be named this way! This is a brilliant film in all aspects and I feel it's a wee bit underrated--I highly recommend it to all thriller buffs.

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