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THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

                

For Hicksflicks.com, Aug. 9, 2013

Robert Redford stars in and directed this throwback thriller that aspires to say something about the legal system and rebellious eras past and unintended consequences, but which also manages to be an old-fashioned (there's that phrase again) entertainment of the first order, featuring an all-star supporting cast.

Redford is a lawyer, a recent widower with a young daughter, and he's been living a lie for decades, running from his past as a member of the Weather Underground, a militant anti-war group that committed a bank robbery in which a guard was killed.

When one of his former comrades (Susan Sarandon) turns herself in after a crisis of conscience, a nosy reporter (Shia LaBeouf) digs around and begins to suspect who Redford really is.

So Redford goes on the run, which brings him back into contact with some of his old cronies, including Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Sam Elliott and Stephen Root. Also in the cast are Anna Kendrick, Chris Cooper, Stanley Tucci and Terrence Howard.

Once in awhile "Company" resonates with others in the Redford oeuvre, especially "Three Days of the Condor" and "Sneakers." But it stands tall on its own and manages to be very engaging while probing at deeper things in the human condition and life in these United States.

This is one you probably missed in theaters, since it appears most everyone did, but it's worth checking out on home video. The DVD/Blu-ray is on the Sony label; it's rated R for language.