The Company You Keep is about a wanted man and a former member of the revolutionary militant group named Weather Underground who is on the run. This happens after a journalist (Shia LaBeouf) publishes a story about him. This film is based on a political thriller written by Neil Gordon and is directed by Robert Redford who also stars in the film. The rest of the cast also consists of Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte and Julie Christie. Check out the latest buzz on this movie: The Company You Keep.
“A Juicy and Gritty Film: The Company You Keep
For how many decades of your life do you have to be the person you were in your twenties? Small-town lawyer Jim Grant (Robert Redford) wonders that when he hears the news that Susan Solarz (Susan Sarandon), a long-ago member of the Weather Underground who has lived incognito as a quiet housewife and mother, had been arrested and charged with murder for her radical activities in the ’70s. For Jim, the question is not academic. Under his real name, Nick Sloan, he had been one of Solarz’s comrades in the bombings of government buildings at exactly that period when political idealism soured into potentially lethal criminality.
The Company You Keep, which has its world premiere tonight at the Venice Film festival before it plays on Sunday at the Toronto fest, is Redford’s ninth film as a director and one of his knottiest and most involving. With a welcome mixture of juice and grit, the movie dramatizes the lingering conundrums of young people in the time of the Vietnam morass. Many went to war, others to Canada, some into the relative safety of the National Guard or graduate school. A few, infuriated by the Kent State slaughter and exasperated by the limits of nonviolent resistance, took up arms against what they saw as the atrocities of the Johnson and Nixon administrations. When the Feds came after them, they went into hiding, fugitives in their own country, for years or forever. As Sloan says, “I’ve been Jim Grant longer than I’ve been me.”
With the Solarz arrest, and the resourceful sleuthing of a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf), Grant is exposed as Sloan. To clear his name of a murder he did not commit, he must go underground again and travel from New York State to the Midwest trying to contact his old renegades. He can count on their solidarity; as Solarz says proudly, “We never betrayed each other, not once, and I’m not gonna start now.” But he needs one, Mimi Lurie (Julie Christie), to acknowledge publicly that Jim was not involved in the shooting of a guard; and Mimi, who now blithely runs drugs in the waters outside California, is the most intransigent of the lot. As she says of her incendiary past, “It wasn’t a dream. It was a possibility we believed we could make a reality.”
The aging remnants of the Weather Underground are played by Redford, Christie, Sarandon, Sam Elliott, Richard Jenkins and Nick Nolte, and they bring the movement a wintry luster. These six actors, whose median age is 70, have been in movies for an average of 42 years — since the glory, gory days of the antiwar militants — which makes this film The Expendables of non-action pictures, and a paean to glamour in the twilight years.”
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The Company You Keep is scheduled to have a limited screening on April 5th 2013.
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