The Company Men: Blu Ray Review
The Company Men
Released by Madman Home Ent
impressive ensemble cast come together in this film about downsizing and the
effects it has on a man's psyche.
plays ambitious Bobby Walker who has it all - a lavish house, a sports car and
everything money could buy. But his world changes when he loses his job at the
GTX Corporation during a downsizing, he's forced to re-evaluate his life.
However, he's not alone; Chris Cooper plays Phil
Woodward, a middle manager at the same company who also finds himself in the
same position but faces different hurdles because of his age.
At the top of the corporate chain is Tommy Lee Jones' Gene McClary
who helped found the company along - eventually he finds himself in the same
position as those further down the ladder.
Company Men is a well acted, if occasionally slow look at the effects of the
recession on three walks of life; granted, it's a little hard to sympathise at
times with Affleck's Walker as he initially continues to live in the grand house
and drive the swish car while the hard times hit. But you can understand how
pride is the biggest hurdle during recessionary times.
However, this drama from the writer of ER is really about how people
are forced to re-evaluate their lives and outlooks; it's perhaps telling that
this happens in slower ways than you'd expect - Walker explodes during an
interview for a position he's overqualified for - and because of that is a
little more effective.
By putting three different
faces on the downsizing impact, Wells crafts a good story and gets to the psyche
of what's continuing to effect many both in America and worldwide. Every single
one of the cast delivers a strong performance and together, they show what a
truly impressive ensemble can achieve.
Commentary, alternate ending, deleted scenes and a making of