Written September 02, 2015
Nice to see some of my old favorite actors again. But movie rates 3 stars out of 5.
It lacks suspense, Gets too preachy.
Best actor: Shia La Beouf - was exceptionally good in a key role but couldn't make the difference in this attempt to convey the timeliness of an historical event. Would have been better to allow the audience to draw its own conclusions and make the "chase" film more exciting than what was on the screen.
Written October 06, 2015
At this point in his career, Mr. Redford doesn't have to do anything that doesn't feed his social views. And why not...he's earned it. In a way, this movie made me think of Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven"...a revisit to tie up loose ends. Yes there are consequences, Virginia, even if it takes a lifetime for them to flower. First, the cast is over the top. One can imagine the phone calls and the ensuing "hell yeah I'll do it" from the assembled old line; Sarandon, Nolte, Chris Cooper, Sam Elliot, Terrence Howard and more pop up in 'cameo's to give it authenticity. Shia LaBeouf was outstanding as the prying reporter. Redford is...well, Redford-weathered (though his leather jacket seemed a bit buff) and dependable. Julie Christie (!) was remarkable. To see a movie on domestic terrorism on the night the Boston Marathon bomber was extracted from his hidey-hole was also oddly serendipitous. As an aging nonviolent hippie it was interesting to see what it was like from the other side. B+
Written February 13, 2016
I liked The Company You Keep. I thought the acting and directing was excellent.
13-year-old Jackie Evancho probably has a great career ahead of her. There were some weak parts in the script (or perhaps the editing) involving the FBI and its ability to solve crimes without the help of a young journalist. But I would recommend the film to friends. I think it is suitable for teens as well as older adults who may actually remember the Weather Underground and the radicalism/idealism of the Vietnam era.
Written January 31, 2015
A worthwhile depiction of an era when values mattered and people acted on them, against the age of indifference that surrounds us. The movie is static at times, oversimplifies issues and plot, but also confronts us with a time when people were willing to sacrifice for deeply felt values about a country and a people they cared deeply about. And it presents an interesting historical perspective on them viewed through the filter of today's post 9/11 world, when acts of protest are conflated with lack of patriotism in a climate of purposefully manipulated Cheney-originated fear. See it to remember or to learn.
Written July 30, 2015
Finally something that's not a trilogy, or recooked after several servings minus the blood, senseless guts, and gore. For those who remember these times, you're well aware of the varied militia actions. This isn't for everyone, especially in these moments following the Boston tragedy, but release dates hold no crystal ball. The film was interesting, with some questionable character reactions but that's what makes the story move. The hilarious point for me, if the press is that far ahead of the Federal authorities, we're in trouble....but it's only a film.