This road to perdition sucks Ash. Triple-threat auteur Edward Burns (he writes, he directs, he stars!) is a reformed Hell's Kitchen hit man in the early '80s--a rogue with a brogue--who tries to hide his bro Elijah Wood from evil dudes who are out to snuff him. All the wannabe noir-ish non-action happens on the titular Lenten religious holiday, but the soot on Burns' forehead isn't the only smudge against him.
He's never convincing as a penitent from his murderous past, generates no heat with costar Rosario Dawson and often seems locked in an offstage gaze (as if he's awaiting delivery of a Saving Private Ryan residual check). We don't see much box-office green in this film's future.