Written April 07, 2013
A group of fugitives who committed crimes in the 60s in the name of anti-establishment principles unexpectedly get outed after one of them turns herself in. I'm sure there are plenty of leftist baby boomers out there who will love this movie for the memories it brings and the principles it preaches about, namely anti-establishment rhetoric. However, as a movie it plays like a second-rate remake of The Fugitive. The storyline is similar: Redford's character is unjustly accused and he goes on the run to prove his innocence. The premise is weak, since a women he once loved has to turn herself in and confess all, including Redford's character's non-involvement for it to work. Nevertheless, Redford is on the run in this movie and he contacts his old network of leftist revolutionaries to try and clear his name. All this is very entertaining and some of the moments are thrilling, but no enough to save the film from its righteous preaching and uninspired storyline.
Written November 28, 2014
I was interested in what the dynamics would be with Labeouf and Redford on the screen. Labeouf was spot on! Redford was very good, especially portraying an aging revolutionary. The supporting cast was made up of a list of people that would have lived the unrest of the 60's. When Sarandon spoke of the the events at Kent State you know she remembers it as news, not as an element in a movie's plot sequence. And it goes on with the litany of characters that follow. They all lived through that turmoil. I was drawn deeper and deeper into the movie as it unfolded because I began to realize that I had lived through and struggled with many of the same issues that were highlighted in the storyline. And for what it's worth, go to the bathroom before starting the movie. I wanted to go for a bathroom break after about 20 minutes, but refused to go because I was afraid I was going to miss something important. I waited until the movie was over, and not because I didn't have to go.
Written November 28, 2014
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 July 28, 2014
Movie was gripping, fast-paced and kept my attention. Thought the last 5 minutes were weak and the movie could have been ended more effectively. Other than that, well acted and a good experience. Would rate it a 4 out of 5.
Written October 27, 2014
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.