Sunday, September 22, 2013
The Company You Keep by Robert Redford, 2012 (R)
with Robert Redford (The Horse Whisperer, Out of Africa, The great Gatsby), Shia LaBeouf (Constantine), Nick Nolte (Warrior), Brit Marling (Another Earth), Susan Sarandon (Solitary Man, Jeff Who Lives At Home, You don't know Jack, Cloud Atlas), Julie Christie (fahrenheit 451), Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games, Captain America: The First Avenger, Julie and Julia, Margin Call), Terrence Howard (The Princess and the Frog, Dead Man Down), Chris Cooper (The Company Men, American Beauty, The Horse Whisperer), Richard Jenkins (Eat Pray Love, The Visitor, The Rum Diary, Jack Reacher, Liberal Arts), Anna Kendrick (Up in The Air, 50/50, Twilight), Brendan Gleeson (Albert Nobbs, In Bruges), Sam Elliott (Thank you for smoking, Did You Hear About The Morgans?), Stephen Root (The Men Who Stare At Goats, The Conspirator, Mad Money, Rango, Ice Age, J. Edgar), Jackie Evancho
From the director of The Horse Whisperer, The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Conspirator...
Robert Redford stars as Jim Grant, a lawyer and single dad who has to go on the lam after a reporter identifies him as a long-sought U.S. terrorist. As the journalist locates more of Grant's old contacts, his guilt begins to appear less certain.
The story unveils like a very good thriller. The suspense is carried over, the story is complex, the historical context fascinating due to the revolution that it engaged, the change of mentality it provoked. And still, the story is not what makes you carry on. The complexity of the characters is interesting, instead of being about what is right and wrong, it understands the choices, the acts, the memory and how you, as an individual can either choose to listen and understand, have a bigger picture of the consequences of your acts, and what might change you eventually. The cast is so impressive that each character gets to be understood in the complexity of what time has changed in them, and the young generation that Redford chose is of the utmost quality, with Shia LaBeouf, Brit Marling (beautiful in Another Earth) and Anna Kendrick. The only hiccup to the whole praise is the performance of Julie Christie, a little too forced in the "trying to be still a cool eternally young and carefree rebellious being of over 70".