But the movie's more than just a crime drama. It raises questions about destiny and decisions. It has outbursts of humor that are as startling as the blood and gunshots. And the film makes such effective use of silence that it is a wonder the characters ever speak. Sam Mendes, best known for directing American Beauty
, gives us another unusual yet introspective look into the good in evil.Road To Perdition
has a strong narrative and solid dialogue, and, of course, the acting is first rate. Once again, Hanks delivers a master-level class in movie acting, creating a complex, compelling portrait of a tortured man awakened to the bloody karmic consequences of his violent occupation. Hanks does a superb job portraying a hit man, who is undoubtedly evil except through the eyes of his 12-year-old son. Neither overt hero nor villain, deftly painted in subtle shades of gray, Sullivan is a new stretch for this wonderfully talented actor.