THE COMPANY YOU KEEP (2012) Movie Review

THE COMPANY YOU KEEP (2012) Movie Review

After years in hiding, ex-Weather Underground militant, Nick Sloan, a.k.a. Jim Grant, learns about his old compatriot's arrest for a bank robbery turned deadly in the 1970s, for which he is wanted as an accomplice. This puts the ambitious young local reporter, Ben Shepard, on the scent of a story that exposes Nick as well. As such, Nick goes on the run while taking his daughter to safety. With that accomplished, Nick stays one step ahead of the F.B.I. while pursuing a faint hope to clear his name. Meanwhile, Shepard digs deeper into the case as he discovers the true complexities of another times' determined ideals, even as Nick faces their consequences with another.


The Company You Keep cast is one impressive appearance after another as the story evolves through the first and second acts...

Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brendan Gleeson, Brit Marling, Sam Elliott, Stephen Root & Jackie Evancho.


The screenplay was written by Lem Dobbs (Haywire, The Score), based off a 2003 book by Neil Gordon, of the same name. Robert Redford directed.


It's more a story of a reporters pursuit of a bank robber who eluded capture for 30 years, peppered with the story and challenges of the suspect, played by Redford.

LaBeouf has a natural inclination to playing a nosy, annoying and persistent reporter, while Redford is almost exactly as he usually is, ending up playing a smooth criminal on the run. Terrence Howard plays the persistent FBI man in charge of chasing and apprehending Redford's character.

Redford leads the feds on a merry chase as he reconnects with old colleagues, more by necessity then choice. His entire premise is that he was innocent of the death that took place during the bank robbery from 30 years past. Yet everywhere he goes, he ends up leading the cops there, getting old partners involved

6.4 out of 10 on IMDb, but if you like slow burners, I'd go with a 7 out of 10.

It was a fascinating film, watching how the reporter's story unfolded as he pursues leads on a big story for his career. Meanwhile, watching Redford being the smooth, suave small-town lawyer, ( a persona he created to hide from the law ) have to go on the run, but every move he makes is smart and calculated.

In the end, in this case, both LaBeouf and Redford play to their typical roles, but they fit well together in this film, so it's not distracting. As the pieces fall together, the tale unfolds.

In the end, we watch as a reporter is looking for his big piece, pursuing the truth at all costs, while this criminal being chased, has tried to lead a normal life, hiding from a past that may or may not have been who he was.

If you like any of the cast, I think you'll enjoy the film.

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