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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Intrigue Lovers Movie Choice,
This review is from: The Company (2007) (Amazon Video)
Great story, based on Ludlum's novel of the same title. Worth watching if you like spy movies of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy type. You probably won't like it if you enjoy the Mission Impossible or modern James Bond type. You could go either way if you are the Borne Identity type, but this is much more weighted towards the Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy kind of spy movie - not really an action flick, more of an intrigue and suspense show. But if that's your brand of spy movie, why haven't you seen this one yet? Day of the Condor; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy; The Good Shepherd - This flick hangs out in this realm.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Very Good Film.,
This review is from: The Company (DVD)
Loved the book, wanted to see how the film measured up. The film was produced several years ago for television which I do not watch. The book is lengthy, violent and explicit and in places hard to read, but is a thought provoking and compelling read about the secret world of "the Company". The translation from book to film was well done, obviously simplified to fit the film genre....also violent and explicit in places, but true to the spirit and intent -- and professionally produced. If I were Robert Littell, who authored the book, I would have been very pleased with the film makers' work.
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
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Summary: With any luck The Company will fade off into oblivion