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Old 08-02-2013, 12:24 PM
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Shannon has reviewed 'The Company You Keep.' He says the film is well-directed and filled with some wonderful performances, but it's not quite the edgy and controversial film it could have been. With flawless video, strong audio, and a nice assortment of extras, this is well worth a rental.

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I actually thought Shia was the best thing in it. He tended to at least bring an energy and pacing to his scenes that isn't present elsewhere. Otherwise, I'd agree - the movies is fairly competent... but not much else.
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Shannon, I do think you're right about this:

"I kept thinking that whole screenplays could be devoted to their characters. In fact, the fugitive Susan Sarandon plays is so much more interesting than Redford's fugitive that one can't help but think what this film might have been like if it focused more on her. Sadly, she's out of the film as quickly as she's introduced, never to be seen again after a few riveting scenes."

But not only does the script ignore Susan Sarandon, but the plot ignores her
character in such a way that is I feel is a big flaw to the story.

I think this may be the result of changing too much from the original book.

As you wrote Shannon about Robert Redford's character:

"At first, we think he's running away, but we soon find out he's actually running toward something... or someone."

Redford is running towards...
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Julie Christie's character for several reason, but mainly because she can say to
the authorities that Redford really is innocent, and wasn't there that day in the
bank robbery and shooting. 2 women and 1 man of the Weather Underground
robbed the bank 30 years ago. Christie's character was one of the two women.
But the other one was Susan Saradon's character! Sarandon comes clean after
30 years and let's herself get caught. She's already in custody, and could easily
testify that Redford wasn't guilty.

How often is the gender ratio of a bank robbery team 2 women and 1 man? This
unusual fact in the plot really stuck out to me, which made ignoring Sarandon's
testimony such a glaring plot hole for me.


Did I miss something in the film that would answer this plot hole?
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