The Company You Keep

Starring: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Terrence Howard, Brendon Gleeson, Chris Cooper, Jackie Evancho, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Sam Elliot, Stephen Root

Directed By: Robert Redford

I’m not sure why this film got the hate it got. Sure, it’s silly to watch Robert Redford jumping a fence, but otherwise it’s a pretty damn solid movie. And that cast? Seriously, that cast is amazing. Sure, Shia can be a bit annoying, but he’s pretty good in this. I just think it should have a higher Rotten Tomatoes score than 55%.

The film is an interesting story about old people who have eluded capture for years, until some new facts come to light, and one of them gets arrested. Then, the cards start coming down on the others until Redford has to become a fugitive to clear his name. LaBeouf plays a reporter who breaks the story and starts the manhunt, with the supporting cast filling out some good roles. Is it Redford’s best? No, not as an actor or a director. But it is still a very competent film, intelligently written and directed, that keeps moving forward at a rather fast pace (pretty surprising for a dialogue heavy movie).

I’m quite late on this film, but I’d definitely recommend it. I think it’s under seen and under valued. If anything, it may remind you that Shia LaBeouf is a decent actor (in case you haven’t seen Fury).

FINAL GRADE: A-

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