Published on August 20th, 2007 | by Chris0
The Company (2007) Parts 5 & 6
What a let down. After last week I thought things were really going to pick up with The Company, and I was sorely disappointed.
Somehow we jumped straight from Cuba in the early 60's to post-Vietnam '75 and '76. Yeah lets just ignore that entire 10-15 year period. Because we know the CIA didn't have anything to do with or in Vietnam. *cough* Laos *cough* Air America *coughcough*
So they're still trying to figure out who the "new" mole is. And of course they find out, and of course its someone you least expect. But to get there really didn't go anywhere. If that makes any kind of sense at all.
Not until the very end did we come back to the Yevgeny (Rory Cochrane) /McCaullife connection. And even that was just hit on and then seemingly brushed aside.
In the end the Berlin wall comes down, the Soviet Union falls, and somehow we're led to believe that the CIA might've had some involvement with securing Yeltsin's position in the new Russia. Er, ok.
There were a couple of jabs at America which may have been valid put in context, but screamed more about making a statement on the current state of affairs. The whole "arrogant imperialist" bit.... and then there's the "tobacco is bad m'kay" thing going on with Angleton (Michael Keaton) that just screamed of being preachy.
The final scene gave a little bit of closure and meaning to the whole experience, though. With McCauliffe (Chris O'Donnell) and Harvey (Alfred Molina) talking about whether or not they made any difference. That at least made you think a little. Just a little.
In the end I can't say I was all that impressed with the entire thing. The last hour left you feeling somewhat like that last 45 minutes of "The Return of the King," where Sauron was defeated and we had to spend the time watching all the reunions and tearful farewells. While it might make for good reading it makes for tedious film.
As for the performances, I really can't fault anybody there. O'Donnell was his usually adequate self, Molina's character really just had bit parts here and there. Keaton was great as usual but his character suffered more from writing I think than anything. Must've been difficult to play a dull, boring, bureaucrat....
With any luck The Company will fade off into oblivion and TNT won't shove it down our throats anymore.
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DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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- Chris O'Donnell
- Alfred Molina
- Michael Keaton
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes You Just Find Gold @ Amazon!,
This review is from: The Company (DVD)I watch a lot of television these days, but I rarely ever watch anything "live" anymore. Meaning I tape, buy on demand and paruse Amazon for DVD's. Every now and then you come across a special "find", a show or movie or a mini-series that seems interesting and worthy of purchasing and viewing. From the venues of MAd Men, Mob City, and other period pieces with their own fictional story intertwined, The Company is a rare find centering around the CIA during the cold war and travels through time up to the Cuban missle crisis. But the historical timeframe is noteworthy, but it is the sotry and the job these three great actors display that really makes this whole sotry-DVD work. I enjoyed it immensely asnd am going to watch it again as I so enjoyed the performances, the cinematography, and the plot twists! If you are a movie junkie, then I feel that this is worth adding to your collection. It is a free show on Crackle, but like me, I wanted this DVD for my collection... Read more
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great, Entertaining, and very enjoyable.,
This review is from: The Company (2007) (Amazon Video)I'm a big fan of the business of intelligence and the intrigue it provides. Whether it is applauding, critcal, historical, or fiction or as we have in this case a lil of both of the 2 latter. This 4hr mini-series is based on a lengthy book, which I have not read and left me in a position I prefer, not knowing the ending. It mixes historical figures like James Jesus Angleton and fictional characters like Chris O'Donnells main character. It has a great cast who do there job admirably with a couple of standouts and really no let downs for me. I found the series enthralling and engrossing as it spans decades as it follows O'Donnels main character Jack and several of his classmates as they make the decision while members of Yale's Skull & Bones(of course) to go to work for the CIA. Jack begins his career in Germany fighting the KGB and follows his journey through assets, intigue, love, loss, subversion, incitement, intelligence and counter-intelligence. For something that aired on... Read more
Good historical info regarding the agency's history during the Cold War.,
This review is from: The Company (DVD)
This is a superb movie about some "agency" players and events during the Cold War. One reviewer criticized Michael Keaton's performance of James Angleton; however, I know for a fact that it was an accurate portrayal. And he was such an incredibly odd duck that he had a nickname: "Angleworm". A great historical movie of such a crucial time in our history. Real stuff.
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Summary: With any luck The Company will fade off into oblivion