Written October 30, 2014
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 April 13, 2013
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 December 22, 2014
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 June 23, 2013
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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.