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Road to Perdition (2002), R
Analysis Date: July 12, 2002
CAP Score: 22
CAP Influence Density: 1.86
ROAD TO PERDITION (R)
Production: 20th Century Fox [us], DreamWorks SKG [us] Distribution: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, DreamWorks Distribution LLC [us] Director(s): Sam Mendes Producer(s): Joan Bradshaw, Tara B. Cook, Cherylanne Martin, Sam Mendes, Walter F. Parkes, Dean Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck Written by/Screenplay: Novel: Max Allan Collins & Richard Piers Rayner. Screenplay: David Self Cinematography/Camera: Conrad L. Hall Music: Thomas Newman Film Editing: Jill Bilcock Casting: Mickie Paskal, Rachel Tenner, Debra Zane Production Design: Dennis Gassner Art Direction: Richard L. Johnson
Road to perdition. Or road to Hell. Take your pick. In either case it is a glamorization of gangland Chicago, giving it romantics by bringing a murderer's young son into the story justifying what his father did in the boy's eyes. In the name of fatherly love. That the movie portrays his father as knowing it was wrong to kill does not excuse it. *Road to Perdition* is a cold movie with high wattage performers.
Tom Hanks plays Angel of Death Michael Sullivan. An orphan "adopted" by crime boss, John Rooney (Paul Newman), Sullivan worships Rooney above his own family. Rooney gave Sullivan a home when he had none. Rooney is the father Sullivan never knew. Too bad Rooney is the Rock Island branch of Capone's mob. Hanks as an enforcer and Newman as a crime boss? An unlikely combination indeed.
Sullivan does have a family. Two sons and a wife. His eldest son, Michael, Junior and younger Peter (Liam Aiken) and wife Annie (Jennifer Jason Leigh). In an idyllic life, Sullivan adores his family, too. What a conflict. Adoration of a man that gave the family a home and a life of contentment and adoration of the family. What is Sullivan to do but to do what Rooney insists. One evening, Peter asks ""What does daddy do for a job?" Even Michael, Jr. doesn't know what daddy does for a living, so he decides to find out. On another evening, Michael Jr. sneaks into the box under the read seat of his dad's car to follow him to "work." It is there Michael Jr. finds out that his dad is a hired killer. Graphically.
There is much more complexity to this movie, folks but I am under such financial stress I cannot think straight for now. Please look to the scoring. It is the only thing of any objective substance I can give you this time and it doesn't require a strong memory.
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*******Food for Daily Thought*******
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Offense to God (O)(2):
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|NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure or example from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.|
|"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|