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by Elysia Tsangarides (subscribe)
Writer, editor, marketer, book lover, foodie and believer that life shouldn't be anything but extraordinary.
Published April 14th 2013
A political thriller and a search of selves
The Company You Keep, starring Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon and a bunch of other recognisable faces is a political thriller that will keep you guessing right to the end.

When anti-war Wheather Underground activist Sharon Solarz (Sarandon) is arrested for a murder 30 from years ago, young Journalist (LaBeouf) starts digging into the case and uncovers Jim Grant's (Redford) true identify as a fellow activist implicated in the murder.

Jim Grant had forged a good life for himself, but now he goes on the run to clear his name in conjunction with the crime.

I must say it's been a while between films for Robert Redford and he's definitely showing his age in this film, which is an exploration in itself. Shia LaBeouf does a great job of playing the cute, young, cocky journalist desperate to prove himself as a serious reporter, but also, unknowingly, discovering himself.

The Company You Keep brings past and present contentious, societal issues to the forefront, lightly pushing the audience to question the values of what is right and what is wrong. It takes us on a journey of a group of activists forced into new identities after a bank robbery gone wrong.

Exploring the difference between who was who and what they became as a result of forced identity changes is what drew me in the most in this film. Not a bullet is fired and there are no tacky flashbacks which is an absolute bonus.

Whilst there are some elements to the film that are a little bit predictable, it by no means wrecks the storyline and the ending still leaves you thinking - what happens to all of those characters now?

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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Why? Great political thriller
Where: In cinemas around the country
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