A former Weather Underground – vietnam anti-war activist (Robert Redford) – must flee the safety of his home when a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) starts digging into his past after another Weather Underground member (Susan Sarandon) was arrested. Now, he must pack up the life he was able to build as a criminal rights attorney to protect his identity from a robbery gone wrong in 1974, and go on the run to protect his young daughter (Jackie Evancho) while coming to terms with his past.
The Company You Keep
Based on the 2003 novel by Neil Gordon, the screenplay was adapted by Lem Dobbs (Haywire, The Score). Robert Redford not only starred in this thriller, but he also directed.
The film has already met much positive criticism. After the Venice Film Festival, Variety, for instance, could only sing its praises saying,
Robert Redford’s unabashedly heartfelt but competent tribute to the 1960s idealism. Cannily casting eminent baby-boomer thesps — including Julie Christie, who was a poster kid for the counterculture — against young name actors like Shia LaBeouf, the pic attempts to bridge the generation gap with this story of a Weather Underground fugitive on the lam, played by Redford himself.
While it will not be releasing nationwide, people in New York and Las Angeles should definitely check out The Company You Keep when it releases. Other movies releasing the same weekend are Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy chick cop comedy, The Heat and Secret Service/ terrorist action thriller starring Gerard Butler, Olympus Has Fallen.
The Company You Keep Trailer
1st Official Trailer
Movie Release Date
Releases in limited theaters (NY and LA) on April 5, 2013.
Who’s In It?
Shia LaBeouf as Ben Shepard
Robert Redford as Jim Grant
Julie Christie as Mimi Lurie
Richard Jenkins Jed Lewis
Susan Sarandon as Sharon Solarz
Stephen Root as Billy Cusimano
Sam Elliott as Mac McLeod
Brendan Gleeson as Henry Osborne
Terrence Howard as Cornelius
Anna Kendrick as Diana
Jackie Evancho as Isabel Grant
The Good Stuff?
I am such an admirer of the 60s and early 70s. I love films that have to do with this era, and a movie about anti-Vietnam activists is definitely something that piques my interests. However, this movie looks incredibly good. It also has the early reviews from showings to back it up.
I have never been a big Robert Redford admirer as far as directing goes, but I think I will put the past aside for this one. The cast looks phenomenal. There are so many amazing names on the cast list it is hard to know where to start to sing praises. Not really surprised Susan Sarandon is in this – she is a huge activist to this day.
As far as Lem Dobbs is concerned, The Score was a great movie. I haven’t actually seen any of his other movies; although, I did hear good things about Haywire.
The Bad Stuff?
The hiding and secret life are very interesting as well as the story about the other individuals involved in the Weather Underground, but the running part is probably where most disinterest is going to come in. This is probably where the cliched thriller movie theme might take over.