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’.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 3 member reviews.
5 stars (Exceptional) ~normfilmbuff
4 stars (Very Good) Beautifully shot, with great performances and a solid script. ~Wizzums
2 stars (Good Try) It takes its time which causes the screenplay to be a bit flat but the set designs rate 10 out of 10. ~tubbs
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