Film Review: The Company You Keep

| 19 April , 2013 | Reply

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Directed by: Robert Redford
Starring: Robert Redford, Shia LeBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Brendan Gleeson
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4/5

When Sharon Solarz (Susan Sarandon) steps out of her car to pay for a tank full of petrol it’s the beginning of the end of her freedom. She is arrested by the FBI for the part she played in a murder 30 years prior as part of the Weather Underground; a radical left wing organisation opposed to the Vietnam War. For decades Solarz had been leading a double life, her children never knowing that she was in fact one of America’s most wanted fugitives. Shepard (Shia LeBeouf) is the small time political reporter assigned to cover her story.


The further Shepard digs into the case – the more that doesn’t add up. After he talks to the lawyer who knocks back the Solarz case (Director Robert Redford as Jim Grant) Shepard looks ready to bust open a case even the FBI haven’t been able to crack; the whereabouts of Solarz’s accomplices from all those years ago. And so begins a cross country chase as Shepard, Grant, and the FBI reignite the trail of a 30 year old cold case that is more complicated than they could ever have anticipated.


LeBeouf is engaging as the cocky, young journalist, desperate to break the story yet wholly uncaring of the consequences. His performance is met by Redford’s, who even at seventy-six is still able to steal the screen (and the audience’s hearts) as this new breed of thinking-person-over-fifty’s action hero. Forget robbery and murder – it’s a crime how good this man still looks at his age. It’s also a felony to diminish his weighty performance and direction with talks of looks… but that tousled golden mane is just so damn distracting.


Redford is certainly keeping good company with the all star cast he has assembled to fill out even minor roles in this film. Nick Nolte, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins and Chris Cooper are among the many famous faces that pop up to lend their hand to the story then disappear as fast as they appeared. You know you’ve been treated to a fantastic cast when there are too many good names to list in the ‘starring’ section of your review. A film like this must be akin to a very different type of film-porn for casting directors.


This intelligent fugitive thriller hits a lot of the right spots with its mix of historical idealism and contemporary crime. If you are looking for a film that will stimulate your mind as well as your adrenalin then The Company You Keep is well worth your time.

Catch it while you still can, in cinemas now.


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