As an actor, Robert Redford has been a part of a few of my favorite films of all time. From Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), to The Sting (1973), to All the President’s Men (1976), his resume is pretty outstanding. As a director, however, the results have been a little more mixed bag. Sure, he has gifted us with some pretty great films like Ordinary People (1980), A River Runs Through It (1992), and Quiz Show (1994), but as of late Redford has created a pretty disappointing track record with films like Lions for Lambs (2007) and The Conspirator (2010). His latest film, The Company You Keep, hopes to change that recent slide.
As usual, Redford has assembled a cast that could be argued as the best of the year: Shia LaBeouf, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Chris Cooper, Julie Christie, Richard Jenkins, Sam Elliott, Brenda Gleeson, Brit Marling, and Nick Nolte all star.
LaBeouf plays a reporter trying to break a story on a decades old activist/domestic terrorist act that claimed the life of at least one person, while Redford plays the man in hiding who appears to be both on the run and trying to clear his name. The Company You Keep will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in a week, followed by a North American release at the Toronto International Film Festival shortly after. The fast pace of the trailer has drawn me in already, as I’m sure it will others, and leaves me with hope that this thriller could bring Redford back to form as a director.