Some days you really have to dig to find that nugget of gold in the TV schedules and here in Sam Mendes’ Depression-era crime thriller, we have a perfect example. Hidden away on Sony Movies (Channel 323 on Sky), Road to Perdition is a masterfully shot production that leaves you feeling the grubbiness of the setting and the soaking chill of the rain as if you were there.
Tom Hanks stars as Mike Sullivan, a devoted family man and feared mob enforcer for whom tragedy and chaos come calling when his domestic and professional life become one. Bereaved and with a young son in tow, the vengeful Sullivan embarks on a road trip across country to evade the hitmen his former mentor (Paul Newman) has sent to guarantee his silence.
A great picture that balances the actions of a killer with his conscience and bereavement. Also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Daniel Craig, Stanley Tucci and Jude Law.
Road to Perdition – Wednesday – 9.00pm on Sony Movies.
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