the company you keep

This is a brilliant concept with a compelling theme that could have created some great moments of conflict and intrigue. Unfortunately, however, the expected debates on idealism and consequence never materialize, and what could have been a compelling thriller, ends up as a befuddled drama.

Sharon Solarz (Susan Sarandon) was a member of the Weather Underground, a 60s anti-Vietnam faction. This radical group degenerated from peaceful protests to robbing banks and, on one of their raids, a Security Guard was shot and killed. That was thirty years ago, and since then, Sharon Solarz, Jim Grant (Robert Redford), and Mimi Lurie (Julie Christie) have been on the FBI’s most wanted list. The authorities have no idea where any of them are, until the day Sharon Solarz decides she can no longer live with her conscience, and contacts the FBI. Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) is the local reporter who picks up the story.

The first character we are introduced to is Sharon Solarz, after which we meet so many people and get thrown so many names, it’s impossible to know what’s going on. All things seem to become clear at the midpoint, but then an ex-police chief makes an appearance and the plot is sent reeling back into total confusion  more…


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