Robert Redford stars and directs The Company You Keep, a thriller about 1960's radical activists getting hunted down by the FBI that had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Before I get to the meat of my review, take look at the film's cast: Susan Sarandon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Jenkins, Sam Elliot, Stanley Tucci, Chris Cooper, Nick Nolte, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick, and Shia LeBeouf. If it weren't for the last three names on that list, the may well have been titled "Baby Boomers on the run from the FBI."
The film's producers would like to package this film as a thriller, as the typical devices of a thriller are there: a fugitive on the run, a secret serves as the key, several chases, and political intrigue. But if you ask me, it's really about activists who "grow up" and see the outcome of their choices. Some have gone soft, while a very few have continued the fight and idealism.
Redford seems to have made the best scenes of The Company You Keep comment on the softening stance of activists, but those looking for a thriller will be met with a middling film that needs a jolt of youth.