The Company You Keep (2012)


“Secrets are a dangerous thing, Ben. We all think we want to know them, but if you’ve kept one to yourself, you come to understand that doing so, you may learn something about someone else, but you also discover something about yourself. I hope you’re ready for that.” – Nick Sloan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 April 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A reporter uncovers information about a 30 year old murder by a group known as The Weathermen which causes a number of it’s former members in hiding to resurface.

My Take on it – When I saw the cast of this Robert Redford directed film, I was amazed; Redford, Susan Sarandon, Julie Cristie, Brenden Gleeson, Terrance Howard, Stanley Tucci, Shia LeBeouf, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Sam Elliott, Stephen Root. How the hell did Redford convince 8 other Oscar nominees (plus himself) which included 4 winners to be a part of this story?  I’ll tell you how, because it’s a very compelling and interesting story.

It tries to answer a basic question; will we see the world and our lives in the same way now as we will in 30 year? The answer is simple for some of us, but in reality, we all will react differently as do the characters in this story.  I have enjoyed a number of Redford’s previous movies that he’s directed (Ordinary People (1980), Quiz Show (1994) and The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)), but all the rest, IMHO were mediocre.  Redford returns to form here and really brings us into an enjoyable complex world where all the simple answers aren’t so simple anymore.

Bottom Line – Well acted film, suspenseful and worth the price of admission. Recommended

Rating –Globe Worthy (8/10)

10 thoughts on “The Company You Keep (2012)

  1. Happy to read this and glad it’s AFTER seeing it and reviewing myself, I fear I’m too easily influenced by what I read otherwise. 🙂
    Really was a good film, absolutely. Only difference is that I don’t remember thinking Bagger Vance was a good movie. 🙂


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