With the American financial crisis as its
backdrop, The Company Men is a gripping yet sometimes clichéd
drama about a man in the centre, Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) who has been
caught in the ripple effect of this modern disaster. For Walker, his
life is almost perfect as an overpaid middle manager for GTX (Global
Transportation Systems) as he lives the high-life with his high speed
Porsche and other perks that come with his job.
With similarities to the movie Wall
Street, the movie opens with Walker playing golf with his friends
but when he returns to work, he soon discovers that he is fired as his
company is performing cutbacks to stay in business.
This is where James Sallinger (Craig T.
Nelson) comes into the picture, the CEO of GTX who with his 2IC, Gene
(Tommy Lee Jones) have decided to close the shipyards that helped build
their company. However when Gene learns that GTX has been unfairly
firing its employees, those who helped build the company, he decides to
support which creates a myriad of problems for him.
Even though the catalyst for the film is
Walker and his journey from stability to uncertainty, the highlight of
this film is definitely Gene who plays the man with a conscience rather
well. It is a film about redefining and whether you're a builder, middle
management or the CEO of a company, sacrifices must sometimes be made.
There are some wonderful performances in
this film and with such a high calibre of stars, it's easy to see why.
Masterfully directed by John Wells, this could easily be considered the
new Wall Street of 2010.
Video, Audio & Special Features
The video quality of The Company Men supports a 1080p presentation with
some great attention to detail. Add in sharp images, vibrant colours and
deep blacks and at times, it's like you are part of these in-depth
conversations. There is some artifacting, however it's not that
noticeable. Audio supports a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix with good
levels and extremely clear dialogue.
In terms of extra, there is a informative
audio commentary with the director, a Making of Documentary, an
alternate ending that doesn't really change that much and a collection
of deleted scenes. All in all, for a relatively small yet powerful
release, the distributors have done a decent job at incorporating some
additional titbits for the viewer.
With America still facing an economic crisis, The Company Men is almost
a social commentary on this country and how its ripple effect creates a
wide gamut of problems for all involved. Apart from the wonderful
performances by the cast, John Wells actually creates a very satisfying
ending that I truly was not expecting.