Episode 357: Road to Perdition (2002)

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The second film in our look at graphic novels (of the non-superhero variety) turned into films moves us one year down the timeline but back in time for the subject. Directed by Sam Mendes, 2002's "Road to Perdition" tells a tale of a mob family in the 1930s that is ultimately about fathers and sons. Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) is an enforcer for mob leader John Rooney (Paul Newman). When a conversation turns into a hit at the hands of Rooney's maverick son Connor (Daniel Craig) and is witnessed by Michael's son Michael (Tyler Hoechlin), Connor decides on his own how to ensure the kid's silence. This sets up the conflict between two fathers and two sons that spans the course of the rest of the film, in all its gritty, pale excellence. The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ciaran Hinds, Stanley Tucci, and Jude Law. And the trio discuss which two totally cheese looks at the end of the world comprise their next pairing!

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