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Aro Recommended Road To Perdition


USA 2002, 113 minutes
Dir. Sam Mendes
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Suspense/Crime, Action/Adventure / Gangsters

Topics: Period 1930s.


Aroview: Handsomely-mounted Chicago gangland flick that casts Tom Hanks against type as a mob hitman who becomes an ‘angel of vengeance’ after he is betrayed by one of his ‘family’.

Based on a graphic novel (by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner), its mythic tale of the lone avenger is weighted with the innate tensions between fathers and sons bound by violent codes of honour and professional duty. Serious in tone and stately in pace, Jude Law provides a quirky shot in its arm as a crime photographer who moonlights as an assassin. While not original or bloody-minded enough to be in the gangster movie premier division, it does have the kind of rewards that one would expect from a Hollywood prestige project.

Footnote (‘cause we didn’t know either): 'Perdition' means ‘eternal death’ or ‘damnation’.

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • deleted scenes
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • extra stuff
  • aspect ratio: 2.35:1

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