“The Company You Keep” – Review
“The Company You Keep” with a stellar cast starring Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Shia LeBeouf, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Sam Elliott, Terrence Howard, Julie Christie, Brendan Gleeason, Richard Jenkins and Brit Martling, is based on true events, revolving largely around a recently widowed man named Jim Grant (Robert Redford) who is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the suburbs of Albany, New York.
Grant's world is turned upside down, after an old friend who he is aware committed a murder when they were young radicals decides to surrender herself to the FBI after hiding out for 30 years as a suburban housewife. When a brash young reporter named Ben Shepard (LaBeouf) follows up on her arrests he soon discovers and exposes the true identity of Grant as well who was charged and wanted for the same murder. Grant immediately goes on the run with the FBI in hot pursuit, setting off a cross-country journey by Grant to track down the one person who is hiding also who can possibly clear his name for a crime they both know he did not commit.
“Company” starts out with a keen and sharp beginning with solid performances and writing all around, but after 60 minutes begins to whither a bit on the vine from way too many scenes that seem repetitive and redundant, as well as dialog seemingly stretched out to insure the movie had some quota to run at least a 2 hour running time. The surprises and secrets revealed didn’t have take so long and the film overall could of been shorten by at least 30 minutes and probably would have been a better film product.
So, if it is raining and you got nothing better to do and it’s on basic free cable, you can watch “Company”. It won’t bore you, just make you yawn.
2 – 3/4 Stars