- Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brendan Gleeson, Brit Marling, Chris Cooper, Jackie Evancho, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Richard Jenkins, Robert Redford, Sam Elliott, Shia LaBeouf, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Terrence Howard
- Summary: A thriller centered on a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run after a journalist exposes his identity.
- Director: Robert Redford
- Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
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Oct 22, 2013Incredibly fascinating, sensitive, old fashioned cinema! The scenes between Redford and Christie make for a movie just by themselves! I found it compelling, moving, distinguished, extraordinarily acted, scored and photographed! And bringing up thoughts that way more often should be examined by films today, instead of explosions and/or Marvel's comics! W real cinema! Both Julie Christie and Susan Sarandon should be serious Oscar's contenders!… Expand
May 4, 2013Incredible cast... superbly directed with a thoughtful, provocative, suspenseful story. No action figures and no explosions but it is not just about politics it is about us... the choices we make... career choices... relationships... compromises... how you deal with the past... secrets.... aging... parenting... personal sacrifices... the importance of values but not losing sight of humanity and friendship: enduring... surprising... disappointing and across party lines... Ignore what you hear and go see it. No matter what... it will get you talking after the movie.… Expand
May 20, 2013Robert Redford shows he is a great director making provocative movies like this one. at it's core it is a thriller, it becomes an examination of family, loyalty, sacrifice, and the rights of the press, The company you keep is well directed by Redford. Robert Redford proves he has still got acting ability, and he assembles a great cast. This an engrossing move… Expand
May 3, 2013After 30 years of respectable living, a member of the Weather Underground (Susan Sarandon) is arrested. This sends another fugitive (Robert Redford) on the run, while a plucky journalist (Shai LaBeouf) tracks the case. This is not a taught chase, but a thoughtful pursuit. It's interesting to watch the solution comes together, but could have been a tighter. The cast is full of accomplished actors (Julie Chistie, Nick Nolte,) who all do a good job. While political messages creep in too often, the pursuit of the man and the truth makes for an absorbing journey.… Expand
Sep 15, 2013Robert Redford, now 77, directs and stars in this film with a host of famous actors who are now all in their 60’s and 70’s—including Julie Chrie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Chris Cooper, Nick Nolte, Sam Elliott, and Richard Jenkins. The youngster in the film is Shia LaBeouf, the journalist who is determined to uncover a great story for his small-time Albany newspaper, regardless of ethical considerations.
The plot involves the real-life scenario of young American revolutionaries, or home-grown guerrilla fighters, known as the Weather Underground or the Weathermen, who organized in 1969 to protest the war in Vietnam. But long after the war ended, they continued with their activities up until 1981, when they finally disbanded. In their early days they planted bombs and helped Timothy Leary to escape from jail. They also blew up a bathroom in the Pentagon. No one was ever hurt. An earlier 1970 bombing at a police precinct where a sergeant was killed was eventually linked to the Black Liberation Army, although the Weather Underground was suspected initially.
In 1973 all charges against the Weather Underground were dropped because the Supreme Court barred any evidence that was gathered by electronic surveillance without a court order, which made it difficult to prosecute them. After that, the Weather Underground continued to operate, focusing mostly on Marxist-Leninist ideology with the publication of their manifesto, Prairie Fire, but the organization started to disintegrate in 1977 and finally dissolved in 1981. Because of the ruling in 1973, the top dogs in the organization were taken off the FBI Most Wanted List.
This film invents a scenario that imagines that thirty years later, certain members of the organization are still wanted by the FBI because of a bank robbery where a security guard was killed. The two most guilty parties, Mimi Lurie (Julie Christie) and Susan Solarz (Susan Sarandon) have new identities and have been at large for thirty years. Nick Sloane (Robert Redford) was also implicated, although mistakenly, and he is now an established lawyer, widowed, and living with his 11-year-old daughter under the assumed name Jim Grant. They are living in what looks like 2012, the year of filming, complete with cell phones, Facebook, and Google searches, while they trace their activities back thirty years, which would take us back to 1982, the year after the Weathermen disbanded and long after their most radical activities ceased.
The timeline doesn’t work. But Redford is not concerned with realistic scenarios; he is aiming for a reexamination of ethical values with respect to politicians, journalists, and every responsible citizen. The Wall Street criminals who nearly ruined the planet are not mentioned, but we know they are there, and they should probably turn themselves in along with everyone else.
Redford’s Sloan finds himself on the run again after Susan Solarz is arrested. He was not present at the bank robbery and only one person, his ex-girlfriend Mimi, can clear his name if she is willing to turn herself in. She isn’t, and Sloan has to despair that he will go to jail, and his daughter will have to be raised by relatives. Seeing Redford on the run in his 70’s is a joy to behold because he has retained all the charisma and athleticism of his youth. And seeing Redford and Christie share a scene is worth the entire movie.
We know Redford is a political activist, and this film suits him, but he is perhaps stretching the premise a little too thin. In any case, he can still star in films and be handsome and commanding, truly a feat in itself.… Collapse
May 14, 2013This was a decent film with some solid acting from the leads but the issue here was I just wasn't interested throughout it. It will probably please older audiences and maybe that shows my age but I just couldn't really get into it despite having a rather intriguing premise. Shia LaBeouf does a great job as the intrusive journalist while Robert Redford also does a good job as the fugitive on the run. Overall it will appeal to some but probably not to the younger crowd.… Expand
Apr 5, 2013The killers are now free, have been given good jobs, and live a peaceful and comfortable lifestyle profiting from the capitalistic lifestyle they so eagerly sought to tear down. Not only are the killers living the good life but they are portrayed as heroes... while their victims remain dead and their families go on with life without their loved ones. A sickening display of injustice and unfortunately "the norm" in America now.… Expand