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->''"There is only one guarantee -- none of us will see heaven."''
-->--'''John Rooney'''

A 2002 film, directed by Creator/SamMendes, based on a comic of the same name (itself inspired by the manga ''LoneWolfAndCub''). [[TheIrishMob Mobster]] Michael Sullivan (Creator/TomHanks), and his son who followed him to work, witness the mob boss (Creator/PaulNewman)'s son Connor (Creator/DanielCraig) shoot a fellow employee (Ciaran Hinds) for [[StealingFromTheTill embezzling from]] TheSyndicate.

Connor tries to kill the witnesses off, but botches the job and ends up killing Mike's wife and [[ParentalFavouritism younger son]]. Expecting revenge, the mob takes out a ContractOnTheHitman and Sullivan and Michael go on the run, pursued by a chillingly psychopathic assassin, Maguire (Jude Law). Also starring Stanley Tucci as Frank Nitti, a real-life major figure in the Al Capone organization.

The film deals largely with father-and-son relationships -- both the protagonists and the villain of the movie have deep issues with paternal [[ParentalFavouritism favouritism]] and [[WellDoneSonGuy respect]]. Whereas Connor forces his father to try to protect him at the cost of a man he clearly [[TrueCompanions loves as a son]], Michael becomes determined that his only surviving child [[EvilParentsWantGoodKids will not become like him]].
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!!Tropes:
* AdaptationDistillation: The comic's author himself approves of many of the changes, like having the Sullivans contend with a single assassin instead of various random {{Mook}}s, with the exception of the slightly more upbeat ending. The book is mostly a grim, pulpy odyssey of stylishly bloody death, the film has a more serene tone with violence kept to a minimum.
* AdaptationNameChange: In TheMovie, "John Looney" becomes "John Rooney" and "Michael O'Sullivan" becomes "Michael Sullivan". Interestingly, though Looney likely had his name changed so that the piece's villain wouldn't have a comical-sounding name, [[RealityIsUnrealistic "John Looney" was the name of a real Irish gangster in 1930's Rock Island]].
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted with Michael. The graphic novel's [[AdaptationNameChange Michael O'Sullivan]] was a much more [[http://www.comicbookreligion.com/img/m/i/Michael_OSullivan.jpg classically]] [[http://cronicasdeja.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/road3.jpg handsome]] character, and he was apparently nicknamed "Looney's Angel of Death", in part, for his good looks. Understandably, Creator/TomHanks was chosen [[AbilityOverAppearance more for his acting ability than for his physical resemblance to the character]].
* AbilityOverAppearance: See above. Physically, Tom Hanks bears very little resemblance to the protagonist of the graphic novel. After seeing him get into the part, though, you probably won't care.
* BadassAndChildDuo
* BadassLongcoat: Pretty much everyone (except Michael Jr.) wears one.
* BattleInTheRain: A classic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZphC0_XpDp4 (SPOILERS)]]. There's a recurring motif throughout the film that water equals death, too.
* BeautyInversion: Jude Law's Maguire. A balding, hunched, brown-toothed Jude Law with an ill-fitting bowler hat and generally creepy mannerisms; not what the female audience was expecting.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The dad dies, but the kid lives.]]
* BlackAndGrayMorality: The purest motive held by any of the characters is Michael Sr's wish for his son to have a better life.
--> '''Michael Sullivan:''' He [Connor] murdered Annie and Peter!
--> '''John Rooney:''' There are only murderers in this room! Michael! Open your eyes! This is the life we chose, the life we lead. And there is only one guarantee - none of us will see heaven.
--> '''Michael Sullivan:''' Michael could.
--> '''John Rooney:''' Then do everything that you can to see that that happens.
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: [[spoiler:Connor's execution]] and the death of [[spoiler: Peter]] [[DeadlyBath in the bath]]. Water preceding death is a ''major'' theme.
* CanonForeigner: If you've only seen the movie, you might be surprised to learn that Maguire is nowhere to be found in the source material.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: The couple on the farm, who Michael goes to live with at the end.]]
** The comic [[spoiler:subverts this -- Michael arrives to find them both dead, and immediately gets shot as well.]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}
* TheCollectorOfTheStrange: Maguire has a collection of photographs of corpses, at least some of which are his own handiwork.
* CompositeCharacter: The random mooks from the comic were all combined into a [[CanonForeigner brand new character]] for the movie: Maguire.
* ConcealmentEqualsCover: Subverted. Rance runs away and disappears behind a wall when the gunfight between Sullivan and Maguire breaks out, but the pellets from Maguire's shotgun easily penetrated the plaster wall and killed him anyway.
* ContractOnTheHitman
* DeadlyBath: [[spoiler:Connor.]] Also, Mrs. Sullivan is giving the younger son, Peter, a bath when Connor kills them both.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: John Rooney dies, while John Looney lives (just like his historical counterpart)]].
* DissonantSerenity: The silent gunfight.
* DragonTheirFeet: [[spoiler: After the protagonist kills the entire Rooney crime family, PsychoForHire Maguire still shows up at the end and kills him, despite the fact the people who were paying Maguire were already all dead,]] because...
** ItsPersonal -- [[spoiler:Michael gave him a face full of glass and permanent scarring.]]
* DepthDeception: Michael Jr. approaches the front door of his house, seeing Connor approaching [[spoiler: after he has killed his mother and brother]], and freezes when Connor appears to stare directly at him through the door's window, but it turns out [[spoiler: Connor was actually looking at his own reflection.]] After Michael realizes this, he has time to hide before Connor leaves the house.
* EpunymousTitle: Michael ''is'' on the way to irrevocably dooming his soul to hell... but he's also driving to a town called Perdition.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Maguire's plot-irrelevant crime scene photography, showing him as an entirely amoral ice-cold killer when he finishes off the NotQuiteDead victim.
** There's also Rance whining to the hotel staff about his boiled egg.
* EvilParentsWantGoodKids
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Rooney, who as his mooks are gunned down around him simply stands there and awaits his fate, before looking Michael in the eye and saying...]]
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: "[[TearJerker I'm glad it's you.]]"
* FilmNoir
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Much like oranges in ''Film/TheGodfather'', [[BloodIsSquickerInWater water]] precedes every major death scene (bath, rain, lake, etc.).
* FriendlyEnemy: Michael and the elder Rooney. To an extent, this is also true of Michael and the Capone organization, whose money he keeps stealing from banks, but they (or at least, Nitti) completely understand why he's doing what he's doing, and would sort of like to be on his side.
* TheHeroDies:[[spoiler: Michael Sr. himself at the end.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Frank Nitti, the [[TheGhost entirely unseen]] Al Capone, and brief references to Elliot Ness.
* HitmanWithAHeart: Michael, especially in the comic.
* TheIrishMob
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: Every named non-historical character dies except Michael the younger (and John Looney in the comic).]]
* MomentOfSilence: The climactic BattleInTheRain, with muted sound effects, [[SoundtrackDissonance minimalistic music]] and no dialogue until the final confrontation. Followed by an understated FacingTheBulletsOneLiner, and a [[BangBangBang jarringly loud]] burst of gunfire.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[invoked]]This is almost the exact meaning of "perdition" - being doomed to go to hell once and for all, with no chance of salvation (hence Rooney's "none of us will see heaven").}
* MoralMyopia: Connor kills Michael's family, so Michael asks Connor's father to help him get revenge. Michael didn't get the irony of his own petition.
--> '''Michael Sullivan:''' He murdered Annie and Peter!
--> '''John Rooney:''' There are only murderers in this room! Michael! Open your eyes! This is the life we chose, the life we lead. And there is only one guarantee - none of us will see heaven.
* NietzscheWannabe: Connor tries to use a cynical facade to hide his jealousy and childishness. It doesn't work.
* ParentalFavouritism: Something of a theme.
** Peter is originally TheUnfavourite, because "[[YouRemindMeOfX you were more like me]]".
** In the film, John Rooney clearly favors Michael over his own son, Connor, which gives Connor a serious complex and only makes him even more of a screw-up. When called upon to choose between them, however, John chooses blood, largely out of guilt for not being a better father to Connor.
* PleaseShootTheMessenger: Sullivan first discovers the plot against him when a message he delivers for Rooney (actually from Connor) tells the recipient to kill him.
* PrecisionFStrike: From probably the least foul-mouthed character:
-->'''Rooney''': I curse the '''''fucking day''''' you were born.
* PsychoForHire: Maguire.
* PsychopathicManchild: Connor.
--> '''Connor Rooney:''' I can look after myself.
--> '''Frank Nitti:''' No, you can't! This is the point. You're a big baby who doesn't know his thumb from his dick!
* PsychoticSmirk: Connor.
-->''Because it's all so fuckin' hysterical...''
* RobbingTheMobBank: Michael's plan to avenge his family involves robbing banks of the off-the-books money they hold for Rooney and Capone in an effort to get Capone to turn over Connor, the murderer in question.
* RuleOfSymbolism: Mendes deliberately wrote every death to be near or surrounded by water to demonstrate the commonness (and uncontrollability) of death in the mobster's lives.
* TheScream: We never see Michael Jr's reaction to finding his mother and brother's bodies. When his father finds them, we hear his muffled BigNo from the other room, with the camera on Jr. staring silently at nothing.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler: After the death of John Rooney, Nitti no longer has a reason to protect Connor, and actually wants him dead because Connor is an idiot and would be a total liability once he inherited his father's legacy. Nitti decides to kill two birds with one stone and buys peace with Michael by no longer protecting Connor; when Michael shows up at Connor's hotel room to kill him, Nitti's goons open the door for him.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS
** The Looney Family from the comic (and from real life) became the Rooney family for the movie.
** Likewise the O'Sullivans became the Sullivans.
* StepfordSmiler: Connor, who smiles when he's feeling shamed by his father's preference for Michael. When asked why he does this, his deadpans, "Because it's all so fucking hysterical."
* SoundtrackDissonance: The shootout in the rain.
* SupportingProtagonist: Michael Jr.
* SweetTooth: Maguire pouring about half a cup of sugar into his coffee. And, well, look what it does to his teeth...
* ThouShaltNotKill
** In the movie, Sullivan's final act is [[spoiler:shooting Maguire]] so that his son will be able to go through life having never killed anyone. [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim If You Kill Him You Will Be Just Like Me]], if you will.
** In the comic, [[spoiler: however, Michael Jr. averts this; killing at least two of the mooks that come after them.]]
* TooMuchAlike: The reason for Sullivan's distant relationship with Michael, Jr.
* UltimateEvil: Capone is deliberately kept off-camera to evoke a greater sense of mystery. A scene with him was filmed, but was left out of the final cut, despite the director admitting he loved the performance.
* UriahGambit: [[spoiler: Connor]] sets up Sullivan to be killed this way.
* VertigoEffect: Jude Law's character first appears walking toward the camera underneath an L track. It takes about thirty-plus seconds of screen time, whereas the typical Vertigo shot is much more fast-moving.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: There was a Rock Island, Illinois gangster by the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Patrick_Looney John Patrick Looney]]. He betrayed a formerly loyal lieutenant of his, the resulting feud led to the death of his son, and he was eventually arrested for the murder of a lawyer named William Gabel.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Connor Rooney in the movie. In the comic, however, none of his angst (nor his father's favoritism towards Michael Sr.) is even hinted at (his motives for doing what he does are out of bloodlust and paranoia rather than out of envy).
** Also Sullivan himself towards Michael Jr.; not only does he struggle to connect with his son, but Sullivan later admits he's had mixed feelings as [[EvilParentsWantGoodKids Jr. reminds him of himself.]]
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: [[spoiler:Michael Sr. himself at the end.]]
* YouRemindMeOfX: An inversion of the regular usage, see ParentalFavouritism above.
* YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: Michael believes this is how his father feels about him. [[spoiler: He is wrong.]]
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