First Trailer For Robert Redford's THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Robert Redford doesn't work a whole lot any more, neither in front of the camera - his last acting role was in 2007's Lions for Lambs - or behind it, and so any time Redford steps up as either actor or director that immediately becomes news. Particularly if he happens to be doing both, as he is in new political thriller The Company You Keep. The question with Redford isn't whether he retains his star power - he always will - but whether he can keep in step with the times and turn out work relevant and engaging to younger generations. And that question is significantly more difficult to answer.

Premiering in Venice before moving on to Toronto, The Company You Keep certainly has the attention of the industry but something just doesn't seem to click with the freshly released trailer. The easy out is to blame it on Shia LeBeouf but there's something else going on here, I think, something that's keeping the thriller from thrilling. It may, of course, just be the edit of the trailer and not an issue with the film at all. Time will tell. Here's how TIFF describes the story:

Jim Grant (Robert Redford), a civil rights lawyer and single father, must go on the run when a brash young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) exposes his true identity as a former 1970s radical fugitive wanted for murder. Sparking a nationwide manhunt, Grant sets off on a cross-country journey to clear his name. Also starring Susan Sarandon, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Chris Cooper and Nick Nolte.


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  • delharvey

    Most likely the thing that isn't gelling for you is the fact that the press, or most press, in this country has no power anymore. So the inclusion of LeBouf's character feels empty. But in any sane world there would be a system of checks and balances. His film is probably calling for a return to that time. Besides, who else is he going to have fill the shoes of an individual who can provide history for a historic event... some blogger? No offense to your kin, but you would need someone who knows how to do more than Google it.

  • mightyjoeyoung

    "The question with Redford isn't whether he retains his star power - he always will - but whether he can keep in step with the times and turn out work relevant and engaging to younger generations."

    Yeah...maybe he should do a superhero film, Mr Brown..? Who knows, a genre picture could be his biggest success.

    "The easy out is to blame it on Shia LeBeouf but there's something else going on here, I think, something that's keeping the thriller from thrilling. It may, of course, just be the edit of the trailer and not an issue with the film at all."

    Maybe because it looks like any other investigating journalist films......after all Redford starred in All the President's Men (1976) so I´m little bit surprised by his choice.....but like you wrote Mr Brown....time will tell. Thanks for the trailer.

  • No, I don't see him ever going that sort of route but I'd love to see him working with people like The Coen Brothers, PT Anderson, etc. The man's an icon and his legacy is beyond secure but it'd be a shame if he contents himself with only making stuff for the same group of fans he had forty years ago ...

  • mightyjoeyoung

    Perhaps so, but I think he should consider it....Kenneth Branagh did it, and so could he. I wonder if Peter Biskinds claim that he is so cautious might have something to do with this...? He certainly keeps a lowprofile....well....and you might be right about the Coens, Anderson etc...he should try to work with them.

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