To put it plainly, Redford's last directorial effort, "The Conspirator," was a dull bore, a legal drama overpowered with a dash of politics. But here, it seems the balance between genre and message has been hit dead on. The film follows a former member of the Weather Underground (Redford, of course), who has to go on the run after years in hiding when a former colleague (Susan Sarandon) is arrested for a bank robbery gone wrong in the 1970s. On his trailer is a hotshot young reporter (Shia LaBeouf) looking to make a name for himself as well as the FBI. Yes, Redford seems to be very sympathetic to the actions of the organization, but perhaps more importantly, there is a moral middleground as well, which at least puts things in a framework where not everything is black and white. It's riveting stuff, with a great ensemble cast (Stanley Tucci, Stephen Root, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Anna Kendrick, Terrence Howard and more...but where's Brit Marling?) and we'll soon hear what the critics have to say.
"The Company You Keep" premieres in Venice and hits TIFF afterword. Watch below.