Review by Gene
Tom Hanks is known for a lot of different roles in his career. An army sergeant, a police detective, a world traveling simpleton and even an astronaut. But a gangster? Road to Perdition won’t top many charts of all-time best gangster films, but it may be one of the most beautifully made. It won the Oscar for Best Cinematography in 2003, and was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, and also earned Paul Newman a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, being the final screenplay Mr. Newman ever appeared in before his death in 2008, according to IMDb. Road to Perdition tells the story of a hitman and his son, and how the choices they make for themselves have dire consequences for each other. (minimal spoilers ahead)
Review by Derek
Recently I was able to rent Lawless and watch it. I had been dying to see this movie since I saw the first trailer for it. It was right up my alley as a semi-meathead: shoot ‘em up, good guys vs. bad guys, prohibition era, gangsters and so on.
The film was enjoyable, but a bit stale and familiar. Here is the gist: During the prohibition, 3 brothers became bootleggers. Then the law tries to shut them down, but not in politically correct ways. Then they pound their chest and fight.
Review by Gene
The star power present in this film alone should make this movie nearly a household name to any good student of film history. Couple that with the typical drama of any gangster story worth it’s salt and you’ve got the makings of a great one. Kevin Costner stars in this 1987 release of the 1959 original as Eliot Ness, a federal agent of the treasury department determined to bring down Chicago crime boss Al Capone, played by (who else) Robert De Niro. Set in (when else) 1930 prohibition era in (where else) Chicago, there is as much star-power as fire-power in this movie. Sean Connery (Jim Malone) and Andy Garcia (George Stone) join Costner and De Niro along with the familiar faces of Billy Drago, Charles Martin Smith, Patricia Clarkson and Brad Sullivan.