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Road To Perdition



Sullivan and Michael flee Rock Island and head to Chicago to meet Frank Nitti. He offers to work for the Chicago Outfit in exchange for permission to kill Connor, but Nitti rejects the offer. Rooney, listening next door with Connor, reluctantly allows Nitti to dispatch freelance killer Harlen Maguire, who doubles as a crime scene photographer, to kill Sullivan. Nitti suggests Michael must be killed as well to prevent him seeking revenge in the future, but Rooney refuses. However, Nitti secretly orders Maguire to kill Michael as well. Maguire tracks Sullivan to a roadside diner. The two meet and have a seemingly casual conversation while Michael hides in the car. Sensing the danger, Sullivan escapes the diner through the bathroom window and slashes Maguire's tires before driving away.




Road to Perdition



Michael says his father's fear was that he would follow the same road, and that he has not held a gun since his father died. Michael drives the car back to the farm, saying he grew up there, and now when he is asked if his father was a good man, he just tells them, "He was my father."


The film's title, Road to Perdition, is both Michael Sullivan and his son's destination town and a euphemism for Hell, a road that Sullivan desires to prevent his son from traveling. Sullivan, who chooses his violent path early on in life, considers himself irredeemable and seeks to save his son from a similar fate. Said Mendes, "[Sullivan] is in a battle for the soul of his son. Can a man who has led a bad life achieve redemption through his child?"[21] Hanks described Sullivan as a man who achieved a comfortable status through violent means, whose likely repercussions he ignored. Sullivan is a good father and husband, but also has a job that requires him to be a violent killer. The film explores this paradoxical dichotomy. When Sullivan is faced with the consequences, Hanks says, "At the moment we're dropped into the story, it is literally the last day of that false perspective."[13] To keep Sullivan from justifying his violent actions in the film, Mendes omitted scenes in the final cut that had Sullivan explaining his background to his son.[4]


ROAD TO PERDITION centers on Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks), a tough hit man in 1931 Chicago, whose loyalty and sense of duty keep him working for John Rooney (Paul Newman), a friendly but firm Irish mob boss. Rooney treats Sullivan like a son. Sullivan keeps his family out of his work, but when his curious son Michael Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin) sees something he isn't supposed to see, Rooney's jealous and paranoid son Connor (Daniel Craig) tries to make sure he doesn't talk by killing Sullivan's wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and youngest son (Liam Aiken), missing Michael Jr. With his surviving son, Sullivan sets out on a road trip as he seeks vengeance on Connor and tries to avoid his former affiliates. Along the way, he robs banks while his son drives the getaway car. To make matters worse, there is a sadistic, despicable man who photographs murder scenes (Jude Law) on Sullivan's trail, and he's willing to assist the murder process to get a good shot. Adventures ensue, and the Sullivans meet many people and go many places with mixed results until the film's inevitable conclusion.


Road to Perdition follows the story of Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) and his son Michael Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin) as they go on the road to escape the threat of a dangerous assassin named Maguire (Jude Law). The film takes place in 1931 and revolves around Prohibition-era crime.


According to author Max Allan Collins, the "Road to Perdition" graphic novel was an American homage to the manga series "Lone Wolf and Cub" by Kazuo Koike. Collins quoted Koike at the beginning of the book: "You must choose a road for yourself".


Prior to the brief travel scene along the "Road to Perdition", with Michael Sullivan, Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin) hanging out a car window as they near their destination, the local road commission oiled the gravel surface of rural road, shoulder-to-shoulder, to prevent dust clouds. But when filming began, the Model A was attached to an equipment trailer pulled by a large utility truck, and a member of the crew was squatting near the rear of the antique car armed with a canister and making fake dust.


I should note, this would not necessarily be a better world. If anything, it might just mean Oscar bait comes out 12 months a year. Set in 1930s Chicago and its outskirts, Perdition stars Hanks as Michael Sullivan, who carries a gun for Irish crime boss John Rooney (Paul Newman). Mike's a family man with a 12-year-old son, Michael (Tyler Hoechlin), who is beginning to wonder what his dad really does for a living. Rooney has his own son, Connor (Daniel Craig), who's jealous of the father-son relationship he doesn't have with his own parent. A routine intimidation visit goes awry when hotheaded Connor starts a fatal gunfight. Stowaway Michael sees the killings, which makes him an unfortunate witness. Connor strikes against the Sullivan family, killing Mike's wife (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and younger boy (Liam Aken). The grieving Sullivans set off on a father-son road odyssey, seeking vengeance and safety in a world of danger.


I love that you call out the "I'm glad it's you" line Newman gives Hanks before his death, which is a neat sort of flip on "I know it was you, Fredo": in place of fury and betrayal, surrender and forgiveness (but no last kiss). In some ways, Perdition was a sort of sendoff, a farewell salute to an era of slow-bake big-budget filmmaking and also of movie stars like this, larger than life or any Marvel franchise. The multiverse we're now living in is its own kind of perdition, but that's a story for another time.


The road to perdition for investors starts out in Buenos Aires (in default since 2002), winds its way through Quito (2008-2009), and has now reached Athens in 2012. Time will tell where it will be extended next - most likely, within Europe. The lesson is that while government bonds are usually low-risk investments, especially relative to corporate bonds and complex structured securities, on occasion these obligations are perverted or ignored by governments lacking in ability or willingness to pay. Each of these rare instances sets a roubling precedent worthy of reflection. 041b061a72


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