Everyone Is Entitled To My Opinion! – The Company You Keep – Reviewed

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Directed by: Robert Redford
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick, Chris Cooper

The Company You Keep is a fictional drama based on a real group called The Weathermen, or The Weather Underground. The Weathermen was an extremist “liberal” group that was strongly against the Vietnam War. They set off bombs at government buildings, banks, the Pentagon and even at their own houses. The latter being an accident, of course.

This movie follows a few fictional former members who have assumed new identities in attempt to escape conviction for a bank robbery/murder. After one of them is discovered and arrested, the rest of them come under fire. Mostly because of Shia LaBeouf’s character, Ben Sheppard, a writer for a failing newspaper (like every other newspaper right now) who starts digging into a little too deep after accepting a challenge from his boss played by the scene-stealing Stanley Tucci. Robert Redford both directs and stars in this movie as Jim Grant, a lawyer with a secret.

While neither Redford’s acting or directing are great in this movie, both are acceptable. I actually really enjoyed this movie. Mostly because of great acting by Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, and Stanley Tucci. To say this movie had an outstanding cast would be an understatement. LaBeouf seems like he’s getting his life back together as he shines in this role. He’s proving he’s not just a Disney kid with mommy and daddy issues. The only real duds where Anna Kendrick, and a few scenes with Redford in the beginning. I like Kendrick but her dry acting didn’t fit into this movie as well as it did in Up In The Air or Rocket Science. I must also mention the script, penned by Lem Dobbs (based on the book by Neil Gordon), was outstanding. A few people at the screening I went to complained that the movie had too much dialogue, and while there was a few scenes that lasted a little too long, I felt the heavy dialogue added to the film.

While this movie might not be one that you need to go to the theaters to see, I definitely suggest seeing it sometime. It might not be a truly educational film, but it did turn me on to an interesting subject! Domestic terrorism seems to be a hot-button subject right now. With this movie coming in the middle of the Boston Marathon bombing investigations it will most definitely garner a little extra attention.

Overall Rating 6.5 out of 10

This really is a good movie, I do recommend it!

Maybe just wait for the DVD


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