It’s 1931 and Tom Hanks is a trusted henchman of mobster Paul Newman.

But then, after Newman’s spoilt son Daniel Craig goes murderously off the handle and kills Hank’s wife and youngest son, Hanks grabs his older son (Tyler Hoechlin) and hits the vengeance trail.

Director Sam Mendes’ magnificent film is the Hollywood gangster movie distilled down to a pure essence of menace. There are some marvellous moments of suspense, but the emphasis is on smouldering character conflict rather than trigger-happy action.

Hanks and Newman both deliver towering performances and Jude Law is chillingly superb as a psychotic hit man who enjoys photographing the death throes of his victims. A triumph.