If you paid attention only to the internet hub-bub generated by Shia LaBeouf’s tweets, quotes, and late-night bar brawls, you might forget that he’s still a darn good young actor who’s only beginning to tackle the mature adult roles that will eventually define his career. In The Company You Keep, he plays Ben Shepard, an Albany newspaper reporter who lucks into a huge national news story when a former member of the Weather Underground (Susan Sarandon) wanted for murder is captured in his backyard. Chasing down leads by hook or by crook, Ben follows all the clues back to Jim Grant, an upstate lawyer played by Robert Redford — appearing in his first starring role since 2005’s An Unfinished Life. It’s a clever conceit that fans of All the Presidents’ Men — Redford’s classic movie about the two real-life Beltway reporters who cracked the Watergate scandal — will appreciate. Redford certainly did — he directed this thriller.
In an exclusive video clip from the movie, Ben charms his way into some crucial information by visiting an old flame (Anna Kendrick) who now works in law enforcement. Watch it below:
The Company You Keep opens in theaters on April 5.