2. Terrorism is a noble, romantic calling.

Throughout the film, but particularly in a sentimental scene in which the Redford character meets an old comrade (Richard Jenkins) who is now a professor at the University of Michigan, the Weathermen are portrayed as legendary figures who may have gone slightly too far but were driven by idealism. Redford even tells the young reporter played by LaBeouf that he’s such a smart guy that “30 years ago, you would have joined the Movement.” As if terrorism ever drew the best and brightest.