Blu-ray Review “The Company You Keep”

companyyoukeepActors: Robert Redford, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper
Directors: Robert Redford
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Run Time: 121 minutes

Film: 3 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars

When I see Robert Redford in a film, I have to admit I am not immediately drawn in.  His films are usually not my cup of tea.  With “The Company You Keep”, he stepped behind the director’s chair again and along with himself packs in a very impressive cast including Shia LeBeouf, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Chris Cooper, Nick Nolte, Terrence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Sam Elliott and Jackie Evancho. There is no shortage of talent here at all.  The film itself is a political thriller that does keep your interest throughout and gets your on the edge of your chair. But it is also one of those films that you will see it once and probably never again.  So in short, it is forgettable, good but forgettable. I would recommend this as a renter just to see this cast together

Official Premise: Jim Grant (Robert Redford) is a public interest lawyer and single father raising his daughter in the tranquil suburbs of Albany, New York. Grant’s world is turned upside down when a brash young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) exposes his true identity as a former 1970s antiwar radical fugitive wanted for murder. After living for more than 30 years underground, Grant must now go on the run. With the FBI in hot pursuit, he sets off on a cross-country journey to track down the one person who can clear his name.

Sony delivered a fine Blu-ray overall, along with an Ultraviolet digital copy. The 1080p does a good job of framing the film’s tension. It is sharp and looks great. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 complents the same as well and works with the dialogue and the score. The special features included are decent as well.  There are two Behind-The-Scenes featurettes.  The first is called “The Movement””, with the cast/crew discussing the group formed, “The Weather Underground.” “The Script, Preparation and The Cast”” is just what it says it is, the cast chatting about the production and their roles. There is red carpet from New York premiere. Lastly, there is the “The Company You Keep” Press Conference with Robert Redford, Stanley Tucci, Brit Marling & Jackie Evancho, which we actually attended in person, click here to view.

 

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