According to “The Company You Keep,” they dissolve into the established society they once hated as homemakers, small business owners, teachers and even lawyers. It says little for the FBI, which after four decades is unable to catch these murdering bank-robbing bombers, who look like movie stars….namely, Robert Redford, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte.
Ambitious young newspaper reporter Ben Shepard (Shia LaBeouf) connects the dots that eluded all levels of law enforcement and nails Albany public interest attorney Jim Grant (Redford) as, in fact, notorious Weather Underground leader Nick Sloan. This is after Weather colleague-turned housewife Sharon Solarz (Susan Sarandon) comes clean for the killing of a security guard in the group’s 1981 bank heist. Though she confesses all to Shepard under FBI eyes, Solarz is unrepentant (“If I didn’t have kids and old parents that I love, I’d do it again.”)
A widowed father with an 11-year-old daughter (adorable Jacqueline Evancho), Grant/Sloan must go on the lam, contacting old criminal cronies to prove his innocence in the bank killing. His main interest is Mimi Laurie (Julie Christie), former lover-turned “upstanding” marijuana smuggler.
She seems to hold the key to keeping him out of jail, but a heart-to-heart in a woodland shack is needed first. This way, Director Redford can get his “I grew up and out of the counter-culture” theme off his chest and into the film.
Besides the movie star problem, these Hollywood “terrorists” are too ancient to have youngish children and be running away from dogs and helicopters. As Christie says to Redford, “You look old.”
Now in his mid-70’s, he is. Best to leave the running to “young” guys like Tom Hanks.