Now I've read alot of reviews which say the overall message and tone for the movie is cyncical but I seem like the only one anywhere who took a positive message from the movie.
Long story short, Billy McCay is a passionate environmentalist lawyer who becomes railroaded into campaigning for a senatorial seat against a stuffy, almost stereotypical republican douche. During the campaign his values become compromised into oblivion and cheap slogans...
I don't want to ruin the story but am I wrong in saying the whole point in being elected to represent the people always carries an inheent risk of compromising your values? McCay's character comes across as more tired from campaigning than cynical and a father son reuniting on the political trail was heartwarming.
I don't know how you will interepret the movie but I enjoyed it immensely. Its like a train that gets faster and faster and Redford carries everyone through to a fine result. 9/10