The Company You Keep — TIFF Trailer (TBD)
Silver: No matter how talented or versatile a performer is, sometimes they get pigeonholed into a genre. Audiences have all but refused to pay to see Vin Diesel in anything but a tight white T-shirt and souped-up roadster. And Jim Carrey was amazing in The Truman Show, Man on the Moon, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but all three of those film’s box office grosses combined still fall short of Bruce Almighty’s haul. As celebrities begin to fade, sometimes audiences just want to see their favorite stars do what they do best (see: both Expendables). So despite the quality of his last two directorial outings (Lions for Lambs and The Conspirator), I’m always intrigued when Robert Redford is attached to a political drama/thriller. Based on far too many films for me to list (but All the President's Men, Ordinary People, and The Candidate to name a few), as far as I’m concerned, if Redford is in a film, much less directs a film, with any kind of “weight,” I’ll see it. And yet, The Company You Keep doesn’t stop with Redford. The film’s written by the talented Lem Dobbs (Haywire, The Limey, and Dark City) and stars a veritable menagerie of Hollywood’s best character actors. We’ll get a better indication of how good this film is after it’s been picked up and its distributor sets a release date (Oscar season = good, anything else = bad). But the inclusion of Shia LeBeouf aside, I’m really looking forward to seeing this one.