Many remember the days of riots and ruination; 1968, the Democratic Convention in Chicago gave birth to the “Chicago 7”, “Weatherman” “Weather Underground”, “Revolutionary Youth Movement”; sad, delusional, debilitating time when young people worldwide violently protested America’s involvement in Vietnam; a war that altered America forever; creating the division between modern and post modern society; people of promise, jailed or living lives of manufactured identities.
“The Company You Keep” focuses on these ageing anarchists, shedding phony facades, examining former ideals, passions, convictions, thirty- plus- years after these catastrophic events. Robert Redford, at seventy-six, is a wonder; his craggy, still handsome face is a roadmap of memories; physically fit, jogs with the agility, dexterity of an athlete half his age. As “Jim Grant” a pseudonym he elected after his halcyon, revolutionary days; he practices law while trying to raise his eleven-year-old daughter (requires an imaginary leap); his charade, unmasked by reporter “Ben Shepard” (capable performance by bearded Shia LaBeouf); Jim flees, searching for the one person who can validate his innocence of a decades old robbery and murder, an ex-lover and former weatherman, “Mimi” (Julie Christi, miraculously defies the vicissitudes of age). Hence, the chase commences: the FBI, reporters, former radicals living productive, mundane existences, unearthed; all spewing liberal and conservative platitudes; the audience is subjected to nauseating political correctness.
Redford’s valiant effort to produce a thriller from the novel by Neil Gordon, lacks the intellectual helium to soar; listless, stale, wizened reminders of time’s destined role to bestow perspective, wisdom, eventual oblivion.
P, thanks for review, as always…well written and educational. Would not see the movie to relive those tumultuous times. Especially, when our cousin Richard was injured!! 🙁
Yes way to “raw” to be reminded of those times; never dreamed we would be in a world of suicide bombers, indiscriminate carnage, fear for the future of the US. Thanks, dear Sheila! P.
I still can’t figure out how the college aged daughter figures into the age equation.
Not worthy of the process! Thanks, P.