A por­trait of re­ces­sion

THE COM­PANY MEN (15)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

Ben Af­fleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, Kevin Cost­ner, Maria Bello, Rosemarie DeWitt, Craig T Nel­son.

THE Com­pany Men, fo­cuses on the well-paid work­ers in cor­po­rate Amer­ica labour­ing un­der the il­lu­sion they will be im­mune from down­siz­ing. But no one is safe and in one of the film’s strik­ing im­ages the cam­era looks down as dozens of men and women in suits trudge to their cars, car­ry­ing boxes filled with their desks’ con­tents. The Com­pany Men is a timely por­trait of a world wak­ing up and smelling the cof­fee of the global re­ces­sion. Ben Af­fleck de­liv­ers a com­pelling per­for­mance as the bread win­ner, who shud­ders at the din­ner ta­ble when his daugh­ter says grace: “Please help my dad find a job so he won’t be un­happy.” Lee Jones and Cooper are solid in sup­port while fe­male char­ac­ters are largely twodi­men­sional, pro­vid­ing a voice of rea­son. FAM­ILY WATCH: Swearing, No Sex,No Vi­o­lence.

COM­PANY: Ben Af­fleck.

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