"Revolutionary Road" is among the finest films I've seen. As great as "American Beauty" is, this one should go down as Mendes' masterpiece. Kate Winslet's April (who poses question of mental ilness) is the best work done by an actress in 2008, or possibly the decade. DiCaprio gets off to a bumpy start as Frank, but soon becomes so real that he dissolves into Frank's guise. Michael Shannon (as a mentally unstable realtor's son) is simply outstanding, unflinching and brilliant. The film tells the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a couple living out the seemingly perfect suburban lifestyle, though underneath the mask of suburbia their world is falling apart. He secretly wants to be a bigshot, to step out of his father's footsteps and his cubicle on the 16th floor of the Knox building; she wants nothing more than to lead a remarkable life, to do somehing extraordinary. When the two realize that their dreams are hopelessly out of reach, they attempt to move to Paris. Though underneath their sunny outlook on the idea, they each know that it could never work. While battling their inner demons, salvation comes from a walk through the woods with their realtor's mentally ill son (a brilliant Michael Shannon) cursed with saying anything that comes to mind. The placing of his character in the film is brilliant, as he outright says what lies inside Frank and April. The fight scenes between the couple are raw and deeply affecting, and the film is beautifully and artfully shot. *SPOILER ALERT* When April finds she is pregnant, she desperately decides to abort the child, feeling it an intrusion on her dream. But when Frank tells her not to she obeys. That is, until a fight when he tells her he "wishes to god" she had done it when she has the chance. Wanting to escape the hopelessness of suburbia and give Frank what he asked for, she does, resulting in her death. Through the story there are heartbreakingly true and insightful lines (courtesy of a brilliant script), most notably when April declares to Frank "Our entire lives are based on this great premise that we're superior to the whole thing, but we're not. We're just like everybody else. Look at us, we've bought into the same ridiculous delusion, this idea that you have to settle down and resign from life the moment that you have children." That's good stuff. This is a film with heavy subject matter, brief nudity, language, and some graphic (though fully-clothed) sex scenes, so not for the youngsters.