Sunday, April 21, 2013

Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep"

Robert Redford is director, producer and protagonist in "The Company You Keep," a thought-provoking, suspenseful film about 1970s Weather Underground members trying to assume new identities following a bank robbery decades ago that resulted in the death of a guard. Redford plays Jim Grant, a lawyer in a suburb of Albany and a widower with a young daughter. After former Weather Underground member Sharon Solarz (Susan Sarandon) turns herself in to the FBI, dogged young journalist Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) uncovers the fact that Grant is actually Nick Sloan, who was also in the group. Knowing that the FBI is now pursuing him, Sloan leaves his daughter with his brother Daniel (Chris Cooper) in NYC and crosses the country, meeting former radicals and trying to find his old lover Mimi Lurie (Julie Christie), who participated in the robbery–and is the one person who can testify that Sloan did not. "The Company You Keep" ruefully reflects the issues, especially Vietnam, that tore the country apart in the 60s and 70s, the ways in which a minority went violently astray and the lifelong repercussions of their decisions.

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