Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: The Company You Keep

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

The Company You Keep – Opening November 15, 2012

The last two movies directed by Robert Redford just weren’t that great. Both “The Conspirator” and “Lions for Lambs” might have initially sounded intriguing, but their pacing and execution left much to be desired. Fortunately, Redford’s forthcoming film, based on a 2003 novel by Neil Gordon, looks like it captures all the excitement and thrills, not to mention superb casting, that those films were lacking. It’s no surprise that Shia LaBeouf, who is quickly becoming one of the most popular lead actors of this generation, was chosen to play the young reporter determined to get all the facts right as he investigates something that occurred before he was even born. Portraying members of the revolutionary group The Weather Underground should make for interesting moral debates, and, from the looks of it, LaBeouf’s Ben may indeed choose to side with the wanted fugitives rather than the police investigators. The cast includes no fewer than nine Oscar nominees – Redford, Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Anna Kendrick, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Nick Nolte, Stanley Tucci, and Chris Cooper – as well as other notable players like Brendan Gleeson and Brit Marling. The film is posited much more as a dramatic political thriller than a “based on true events” story, which I think will be a good thing, and a mid-November release should help its buzz pick up before the rest of the holiday movies overwhelm and dwarf it.

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