The Company You Keep

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Oscar-winner Robert Redford directs and stars in this politically-charged thriller as Jim Grant, a civil rights lawyer and single father forced to go on the run after a brash reporter (Shia LaBeouf) exposes his true identity - Grant is an ex-Weather Underground revolutionary wanted for murder. Sparking a nationwide manhunt, the fugitive sets off on a cross-country journey to clear his name. Co-stars Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Anna Kendrick and Terrence Howard. 

Based on the novel by Neil Gordon, the story is loosely inspired by the 1981 Brink's robbery, a $US1.6 million armoured car heist carried out by members of the Weather Underground and the Black Liberation Army.

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Winner of the Giovani Giurati del Vittorio Veneto and Open Prizes at Venice Film Festival 2012.

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122mins

Rating: M Offensive language

USA

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Robert Redford’s fictionalised flushing-out of the remaining members of the ‘70s radical anti-war group Weather Underground is a dull thud of a film, strenuous in its steadfast character-driven-ness and resistance to any sensation. Fundamentally a throwback to Alan J. Pakula-style thrillers of that era (All the President’s Men et al), The Company You Keep unfolds its flimsy man-on-the-run narrative at a dreadfully near-catatonic pace that never makes you feel like there’s much at stake.

It’s basically a road trip/old-friends-reunite movie where lawyer Jim Grant (Redford) - actually the FBI's most-wanted “Weatherman” Nick Sloan - must make his way cross country to find the only person who can clear him of a murder that he obviously didn’t commit. A bad-haired, bespectacled Shia LaBeouf is the cocky dirt-digging reporter who’s sniffing out Sloan for his next big headline.

The rest of the cast is rounded out by an embarassment of distractingly familiar faces that yanks you out of the film more than anything: Terrence Howard, Nick Nolte, Richard Jenkins, Julie Christie, Stanley Tucci, Brendan Gleeson, Brit Marling, Sam Elliott. By the end of the movie you’ll have forgotten Anna Kendrick was actually in it. There’s a strong, brief performance from Susan Sarandon as Sloan’s former associate Sharon Solarz, who does a better job of conveying how their past political transgressions have shaped their lives over the years than Redford, who conspicuously lacks a certain hardness and ambiguity for his role.

AV Club (USA)

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Feels like cinematic health food: vaguely good for you but less than delicious.

Hollywood Reporter

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Redford does his most compelling work in some time as both actor and director... a tense yet admirably restrained thriller.

Los Angeles Times

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A shrewder, more satisfying piece of filmmaking than we've seen from Redford in a while, though not quite in the league with his best behind-the-camera work.

New York Times

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This earnest, well-intentioned movie elicits frustration that its story had to be packaged as a conventional, not very suspenseful fugitive thriller with a bogus Hollywood ending.

Rolling Stone (USA)

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Redford builds a riveting, resonant political thriller that values the complexity of its characters and the intelligence of its audience.

Time Magazine (USA)

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With a welcome mixture of juice and grit, the movie dramatizes the lingering conundrums of young people in the time of the Vietnam morass.

Variety (USA)

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[An] unabashedly heartfelt but competent tribute to 1960s idealism.

Wicked cast...

shame about the script. What an absolute snore-fest! Possibly one of the biggest disappointments this year.