Road to Perdition. 2002. USA. Directed by Sam Mendes. DCP. 117 min.
Sam Mendes followed up his Oscar-winning American Beauty with this stately gangster picture that dives deep into multiple father/son dynamics. Daniel Craig brings a brattish insouciance to his role as Connor Rooney, the erratic and violent son of local crime boss John Rooney (Paul Newman, in his last onscreen role). Tom Hanks is Craig’s opposite number: a taciturn, comparably noble hitman who goes on the run with his own son after being double-crossed by Connor. Cinematographer Conrad Hall supplies painterly touches throughout the film, many of which were inspired by the works of Edward Hopper.