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Actors: Chris O'Donnell, Alfred Molina, Michael Keaton
Director: Mikael Salomon
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television
Product Description: The TV miniseries event of the year, The Company is an exciting new star-studded thriller from Tony and Ridley Scott. The Company depicts the history of the CIA, from the dawn of the Cold War to the de... more »
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Meghan A. (bookreadera)
Reviewed on 1/23/2012...
Very, VERY well-done miniseries. Nominated for a pile of awards including Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG, WGA (won). The cinematography is fantastic (won awards for that too), the acting is first-rate, and the story is amazing. I actually traded my copy here and then went and ordered another copy because I ended up regretting trading mine away.
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Good, but not as good as the book
Kirk McElhearn | A village in the French Alps | 08/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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. As long as three books, this 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 1/2 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 early part of the series; the last 1/3 focuses on a more limited situation, the attempt to find a CIA mole.
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, and is so much more interesting than this over-short TV version. No film could do it justice, but I can't help but think that a couple more hours could have saved this from its weaknesses."
The Best mini-series in a long time
Jeffrey A. Cruz | 08/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Years ago I gave up the spy novel for the crime novel, so I was hesitant to spend six hours in front of the tube to watch this miniseries. I was pleasantly suprised. Addicted, actually! Hyped for more! Great acting, photography and directing. Michael Keaton was AMAZING in his depiction of James Angleton.
Sign me up for the DVD."
Phenomenal Film: Much Better than "The Good Shepherd"
D. WANG | San Francisco, CA | 01/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie, not knowing what to expect, but i must say, it was one of the most beautiful films on history, strategy, counter-intelligence, romance, and action i have ever seen. This is essentially 3 movies (each full feature length) that takes you through three critical decades within the CIA/KGB struggles during the cold war.
It follows the lives of three friends from Yale, and how the whole cold war sets a context for the arc of thier career, love, courage, and death.
I haven't seen Keaton since Batman, and Molina since Spiderman2, but i think these two actors turn out a performance of a lifetime in this film.
The three films provide enough length to really achieve a sense of intamacy with the characters, and the ending is superb. After watching this masterpiece, I felt as though i had just finished reading a truly great novel.
Regarding the Blu-Ray Conversion, it was phenomenal! You can literally see each pore and hair during close-ups, and each particle during explosions.
Two big Thumbs UP!"