The Company 2007

The Company

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  • May 18, 2010
    A (Two DVD's!!!) long story of the CIA vs the KGB during The Cold War. Three Yale college buddies enlist into the two organizations. Their loyalties to their countries and themselves are tested and twisted as young men, well into adulthood. A very long movie that was a television series that holds onto the imagination as of whom you think is the trouble maker that is causing problems on both sides of the globe because he or she is posing as a mole in one of the organizations....gripping and worth remembering.
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  • May 28, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]"The Company" starts in 1950 at Yale University where Jack McCauliffe(Chris O'Donnell), Leo Kritzky(Alessandro Nivola) and Yevgeny Tsipin(Rory Cochrane) are close friends. After graduation, Jack and Leo are recruited by the CIA while Yevgeny returns home to the Soviet Union where he is trained by the KGB for a very special mission. At the CIA, Leo gets a desk job in Washington, DC while Jack is apprenticed to Harvey Torriti(Alfred Molina) in Berlin where they assess possible defectors to the West. Jack's first solo asset is a beautiful dancer, Lily(Alexandra Maria Lara), starting a trend of his getting emotionally tangled in cases...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Company" is a lovingly detailed miniseries about the CIA during the Cold War which seamlessly weaves fictional characters(One character is short changed while another has a remarkably long life.) with real events(Bay of Pigs, Hungarian uprising of 1956) and people(Allen Dulles, Kim Philby and one of my all-time favorite politicians, J. William Fulbright) to create a vivid tableau. As such, it is better than "The Good Shepherd"(less daddy issues, more substance, better cast), but does not equal "Spy Game" in its conflict between idealism and cynicism which does not get enough play here.(In other words, when do you start believing your own propaganda?) The miniseries plays a little fast with history too, by giving the devil, or James Jesus Angleton, his due. In reality, Angleton was a paranoid(giving Michael Keaton an opportunity to play a whole different kind of crazy) who as head of counterintelligence for the CIA spent decades hunting for a mole who may or may not have existed, wreaking untold havoc in the process. In the miniseries, there is definitely a mole(and it does not take an obsessive paranoid to guess who he is) and that storyline woven in with the history leaves this otherwise quality miniseries on shaky ground. And to contradict a frequent refrain, yes, there are coincedences, just no Santa Claus. [/font]
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  • May 02, 2008
    Robert Littell's The Company is a massive novel that follows the history of the CIA from post WWII to the end of the cold war - 1999. As long as three episodes, the novel is rich and full of characterization. So it's obvious that any such book would be hard to bring to the screen, large or small. The TNT TV version, at around 4.5 hours, tried hard, but didn't do justice to the book. It sometimes seems like an outline of the book, and so much is left out, that the action moves too quickly, changing locations and characters, making it hard to follow. This is more so in the first two episodes; the last episode focuses on a more limited situation, the attempt to find a CIA mole and left Iraq in the 1980s out (it was one of the best parts - but I don't regret it) Sadly, Chris O'Donnell plays the main character - he does a great job as the 'Hail, fellow, well met!' overly naive Yalie, but just does not seem to ever grow or learn as he gets older. Keaton's growth as an actor over almost 30 years is remarkable. O'Donnell has stuck to what he does. Nothing wrong with that, but it means he is miscast. Suffering from overbearing music that is way too loud in the early parts (which makes you wonder why the music was toned down so much in the last third), and characters who are supposed to age about thirty years, but look only a few years older, The Company is, nevertheless, good TV. It will keep your attention, and the intrigue is interesting, but be prepared to give it a chance; it's hard to follow at the beginning. The acting is good, the sets and locations interesting, and the plot - good vs evil - works well, especially since we already know who "won" the cold war. But if you like this mini-series, do read the book - it is probably the best spy novel I've ever read - even Tom Clancy said it was a masterpiece. No film could do the book any justice, but I can't help but think that a couple more hours could have saved this from its weaknesses.
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