Sam Mendes has taken a leaf out of Peter Weir
stunning cinematography and a view taken from a Childs
perception. Like in Peter Weir's "Witness"
that sees a chap protecting a young
Amish boy after seeing something he should not
have seen, this film has the same dark plot and
twists. This time the knight is not as shinny
as Harrison Ford was. Tom Hanks plays Michael Sullivan
a shadowy father who works for the mob and his
son witnesses what his father does for a living.
The rest of the film is set around the boys interpretation
of the events that followed. The plot is
poor at times and the screen play lacking in
momentum, but the acting and cinematography
keeps this film above water. Due to
the slow nature of the film, the ambience helps
to overcome it, but if distracted in anyway
your mind soon wanders and looses the feel for
the film. It is a fantastic film, well
worth a view, if you are a serious film buff.
Our verdict Four out of Five.
Tom Hanks as Michael Sullivan, Paul Newman as John Rooney, Jude Law as Harlen Maguire, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Annie Sullivan, Stanley Tucci as Frank Nitti, Daniel Craig as Connor Rooney, Tyler Hoechlin as Michael Sullivan, Jr., Liam Aiken as Peter Sullivan, Ciarán Hinds as Finn McGovern, Dylan Baker as Alexander Rance, David Darlow as Jack Kelly, Doug Spinuzza as Calvino, Rob Maxey as Drugstore Owner & Nicholas Cade as Boy Michael Fights.