The Company: Season 1 [DVD]
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Handsomely mounted, epic in scope, and featuring an outstanding cast, TNT's The Company might restore some much-needed luster to the image of the Central Intelligence Agency (then again, perhaps not). Based on Robert Littell's popular historical novel of the same name, the show commingles real and invented characters as it traces the CIA's role in several major events, from the earliest days of the Cold War through the collapse of the Soviet Union, with particular attention given to the division of Berlin into East and West in the 1950s, the anti-Communist uprising in mid-'50s Hungary, and the disastrous Bay of Pigs operation in the early '60s.
The first of the miniseries' three parts introduces us to Yale graduates Jack McAuliffe (Chris O'Donnell), Leo Kritzky (Alessandro Nivola), and Yevgeny Tsipin (Rory Cochrane); the first two are recruited by the CIA, but the Russian-born Tsipin sides with the KGB. The initial focus is on the CIA's efforts to find a Soviet mole who's been interfering with the agency's work and putting many American lives at risk. Working with mentor Harvey "The Sorcerer" Torriti (Alfred Molina), who calls him "Sport" and delights in pointing out that such matters are nothing less than a life-and-death struggle between good and evil and right and wrong, McAuliffe skulks around Berlin, where his principal informant and soon-to-be love interest is a lovely young ballerina (Alexandra Maria Lara) with a few secrets of her own. Meanwhile, back in Washington, the colorfully-named CIA counter-intelligence expert James Jesus Angleton (a real guy portrayed with low-key intensity by Michael Keaton) slowly realizes that the mole in question is one of his old pals. And it doesn't stop there. Turns out there's another double agent (codename "Sasha") working for the Reds; this one's deeply embedded in the CIA, and Angleton, a chain-smoking obsessive whose behavior becomes increasingly cold and peculiar, devotes years (and most of the series' third installment) to outing him. The process by which he does just that, culminating in some fairly excruciating interrogation scenes, provides The Company's best moments--especially because we don't know until the very end whether Angleton has fingered the actual Sasha or not.
Viewers unfamiliar with the CIA's history and methods arent likely to be very encouraged by what's depicted here--especially in the second part, in which the agency's misadventures in Hungary and Cuba reveal it (as well as the U.S. government overall) to be not merely ineffective but disastrously inept, as well as shockingly callous and hypocritical when it comes to lending material support to the causes it claims to espouse. Still, the series does a good job with many of the elements common to such fare (Robert De Niro's 2006 film The Good Shepherd covers some of the same ground). Codes are written and deciphered. Secrets are kept and revealed. Shots are fired, and some of them connect. People die, good and bad alike. And even if some of the scenes are a bit overheated and melodramatic, all in all, The Company (which was written by Ken Nolan, directed by Mikael Salomon, and produced by John Calley and Ridley and Tony Scott) is smart and entertaining. And some of it's even! true. --Sam Graham
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The Company tells the story of Jack McCauliffe (ODonnell), an idealistic Yale graduate recruited into the CIA by his coach. Hes sent to the legendary Berlin Base in Germany to work with a man who becomes his mentor: the eccentric and colorful Harvey Torriti (Molina), codename "The Sorcerer". Jack and The Sorcerer are imprisoned in double lives, fighting an elusive but formidable enemy in an unrelenting and deadly battle within the CIA itself. Together with the counterintelligence chief, James Angleton (Keaton), the three men are hell-bent on finding the moles within their own ranks before every operation they undertake is completely undermined. However, Jack is forever changed as he must witness the cost in human lives.
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We meet Yale graduates Jack McAuliffe, played by Chris O'Donnell, Leo Kritzky, played by Alessandro Nivola, and Yevgeny Tsipin, played by Rory Cochrane. Their graduation is upon them and two of them tare recruited by the CIA. Yevgeny who is from Russia sides with the KGB. In the first episode, we see how the CIA really functions. There is a Soviet mole within the agency. Jack's mentor Harvey "The Sorcerer" Torriti, played wonderfully by Alfred Molina who is as keen as they come. Jack is working in Berlin, where a source is giving him secrets from the KGB. The CIA counter-intelligence expert James Jesus Angleton, played by Michael Keaton realizes that the mole in question is one of his old pals.
In episode 2 we see the results of the Hungarian revolution, and the Cuba Missle fiasco. We see the brutality of both sides, KGB and CIA. In the third episode another Moore is found within the agency, and this is someone that shocks the entire group. Angelton, whose constant smoking is such an annoyance, spends years tracking this more down.
Such a well acted series, and ond that brings the issues of Russia vs the USA to the fore. And it gives more meaning to the issues we have today.
Recommended. prisrob 09-04-17
Good points being acknowledged, I now come to various aspects that have been already stated in other reviews: the overproduced music (which sometimes drowns out crucial dialogue); the handsome but rather wooden hero, who ages twenty years only in the steel color of his hair; and the confusing flashbacks, which cloud the narrative. As one who is fairly familiar with the historical background, I was also annoyed by details, which I admit are picky: if the heroes graduated in the Yale class of 1954 (as has been indicated), Philby, along with Burgess, had vacated Washington in 1951; by 1954, Burgess was in Moscow and Philby was being interrogated in London, so there is no way that the young Yalies would have been in on the Philby debacle (One of them is depicted as delivering whisky and other goodies to him in Washington.). I think I prefer the "Good Shepherd's" solution of giving real people false names [We still knew that Matt Damon was supposed to be Angleton!]. Then, none of these plot points would make the slightest bit of difference.
Again, I enjoyed the mini-series, which, under the aegis of Ridley Scott, sticks to standards that are much higher than the usual U.S. television fare, but I think it could have been far better with a little more planning and a lot more editing.
Clearly Emmy award winning stuff - the conversion from the original book to the TV screen is handled with elegance and class. I cant recommend this enough. This programme knocks the socks off 'The Good Shepherd' and deserves TV Event status for bringing blockbuster film quality entertainment to the small screen.
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