Flash Movie Review: The Company You Keep

Due to the problems I had in high school, by the time I went to college I learned it was safer to not reveal much about myself. This meant being vague about my religion, my politics, even my taste in music; I did not want to take a chance in providing someone ammunition to pick on me. Going to an out of state college gave me the opportunity to be a different person. However, I had no idea how much energy it took to keep up a facade of total blankness; it made me tired. I can only imagine how much strength it takes for people in the witness protection program. In this thriller you will meet a group of individuals who have been undercover for 30 years. When a bank robbery went terribly wrong, members of the activist group behind the heist went into hiding. Thirty years later radical member Sharon Solarz, played by Susan Sarandon (Robot & Frank, Dead Man Walking), decided to turn herself in to the authorities. Shia LaBeaouf (Transformers franchise, Lawless) as investigative reporter Ben Shepard found it odd when civil rights lawyer Jim Grant, played by Robert Redford (The Sting, The Horse Whisperer), refused to take Sharon’s case. Not willing to take no for an answer, Ben tenaciously searched for answers from the evasive lawyer before the FBI removed any chance for Ben to break a great story. The cast was made up with Academy Award winners and nominees like Julie Christie (Away From Her, Don’t Look Now) as Mimi Lurie and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Liberal Arts) as Jed Lewis. Robert Redford was just okay as the director; but I found the idea of him being the father to eleven year old daughter Isabel, played by singing sensation Jackie Evancho, not believable. Though this movie was marketed as a thriller; I found for the most part scenes were somewhat tense, but those were few and far between. I was bored at times and it was a shame. The idea behind the story was great; sadly the execution of it was poor. This film needed the same type of passion that one can find in activists today.

2 1/4 stars 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 21, 2013, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. http://iamforchange.wordpress.com/awards-page-and-nominations-thank-you-i-am-so-honored-and-grateful/ So many have shared so much with me and I wish to share as well please accept my nominations and if nothing else know I am grateful for your sharing on your pages with us all and the time you share with me on mine.Thank you!! 🙂 Joe

  2. I agree this one could have used more of a “thriller” sort of feeling to it, with more suspense, overall. I liked this movie okay, but it could have been a lot more than what it was.

    I also found it hard to believe Robert Redford as the dad of an 11 or 12 year old kid. I thought it was just me! Ha, ha. 😀

    • Thanks for leaving your comments. I was just telling my classes that Robert Redford playing a sort of action star was not the way to go. They should have cast someone a bit younger.

      • Yeah, it pains me to agree because I like Robert Redford, in general. But you are so right. It was a hard sell, character-wise, and didn’t work.

        I also agreed with what you said about the direction being only so-so. I can’t remember if I mentioned that in my first comment or not. Anyhow, I was surprised at that, because I usually feel that Redford is fantastic as a director. Shia LaBeouf, also, is not a favorite of mine.

        But (!!) I adore Sam Elliott. For me, his brief appearances made the movie worthwhile. I’m a very pitiful fan girl — ha, ha!

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