Film Screening 5th September, 2013

Poster for The Company You Keep

The Company You Keep 

8:00 PM, 5th September, 2013
No Guests

  • M
  • 122 mins
  • 2012
  • Robert Redford
  • Lem Dobbs
  • Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon

Robert Redford leads a stellar cast as Jim Grant, a former member of the Weather Underground group who, in protesting the Vietnam War in the 1960s, committed a number of terrorist bombings and hold-ups resulting in deaths. Since then he has been living peacefully in stealth with a young daughter under a false name as a respected public-interest lawyer and widower in upstate New York. But all is not well… a breakthrough made in the cold case when one of the group (Sarandon) turns herself in to the authorities, puts the FBI on his trail and he must again go on the run to find the one group member who can prove that he is innocent of the capital offences.

Somewhat ‘preachy’, like many of Redford’s movies with a political foundation, the movie provides a well-paced fugitive thriller of a more cerebral nature than most contemporary action films, in which moral questions of the tactics of the group are put under the spotlight. While the violence has abated, many members of the group Grant contacts on his flight profess unchanged views as to their aims. Through this Grant stands firm in his opposition to violence and his claims of innocence as he pressures those guilty to clear him – something only possible through their own surrender to the authorities.

Bob Warn