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Synopsis: After 30 years on the run, the surrender of a known bank robber triggers numerous events involving other parties who were involved on the day a security guard was shot and killed. How much have these people changed in 30 years and do they still believe in the cause they once did? A small time journalist uncovers the truth, but is it the whole truth?

Main Cast: Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Terence Howard, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Sam Elliot

The Hype: From the producers of The Hurt Locker, this movie has a big hitting cast who have either won Oscars, or have been nominated for them. The pedigree on show has to give this movie some kudos.

What I Thought: I really enjoyed this movie. OK, so there isn’t much in the way of action, this is a film that deals with uncovering secrets and investigating the truth rather than an all out action flick and I think the film performs better this way. I can imagine it as an action thriller starring perhaps Tom Cruise or someone like that in the Redford role, but it makes a nice change for a storyline like this to be dealt with without going all macho on the audience. The cast perform their roles very well and flesh out the plot very nicely. Shia LaBeouf is excellent as journalist Ben Shepherd who’s initial story flushes out one of America’s most wanted men and he should definitely do more films like this rather than the Transformers type movie.

The pieces of the story do come together in a very natural way and nothing seems to treat the viewer as completely unintelligent. Everything progresses at a nice even pace culminating in an ending which we would expect, but its not disappointing or naff.

Conclusions: An amazing cast, a good story with a natural progression. Very good lead performances, some of which surprised to an extent (LaBeouf). Worth a watch.

Smurfin’ The Web Rating: 3.5stars

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