Lions for Lambs 2007

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Injuries sustained by two Army ranger behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman (Cruise), a journalist (Streep) and a professor (Redford).

Starring:
Robert Redford, Meryl Streep
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Lions For Lambs

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 29 minutes
Starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Michael Pena, Derek Luke, Andrew Garfield
Director Robert Redford
Genres Drama
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 March 2008
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 May 2008
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You know those movies that you watch, and find so compelling you say to people `you HAVE to see this movie...'? Well, this movie aims for this, but alas merely reaches the heights of `Yeah, it's worth watching...'.
The film revolves around 3 storylines, essentially taking place simultaneously, and in real time, but this structure is not religiously adhered to as there are also some flashbacks. In Washington, a senior Senator rumoured to be a potential Presidential candidate, invites a respected journalist from a major TV news network, to give her an exclusive on the latest tactics being used in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, that push is shown through the eyes of two soldiers in the Special Forces, as the mission goes wrong and they are stuck behind enemy lines. The final strand is in a University, as the professor Robert Redford talks to a student full of potential but with more than enough cynicism and apathy to go with it. He shares his experience with the story of the two Special Forces soldiers, who were students of his and left to `go make a difference'.
It's a movie brimming with talent to be sure, with Robert Redford directing and Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep acting their socks off.. Cruise does give a compellingly convincing portrayal of a senior politician, convinced of his moral high ground but using it to further his career as much or if not more than doing the right thing. Streep also gives a performance which at times seems just a little too self consciously rounded, when something stripped down to basics would have done just as well. Her tics and mannerisms would have been better served in a movie which focused on her character. Redford is.. well, simply Redford.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dudley on 28 Jan 2011
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You get out of the film what you put into it.
It's the sort of film you benefit from watching alone when you can concentrate on the storyline- which is 3 stories that come together-as you need to pick up the detail in order for the meaning of the film to be as powerful as it can be.
I found the scenes with Redford as a lecturer/tutor fascinating and challenging.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Hutchinson on 7 May 2008
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I was surprised at some of the reviews. This propaganda film was made for America and portrays America as it wants to see itself. All the elements of patriotism are there: Cruise as the Bush-supporting politician who has his version of the world, Redford as the slightly cynical activist lecturer and Streep as a `middle of the road' but anti war journalist. All the American based issues about the 'War on Terror' are there. It is totally from the American mindset and its message is not as powerful to European eyes, but you have to admit that as piece of anti-war propaganda for American audiences, it is brilliantly done. American films on this issue are usually less than subtle so with that in mind, this movie is quite innovative. This has all the hallmarks of this sort of movie: ex-students who sacrifice themselves for the good of the country (confusingly they are anti-war but joined the armed forces) even the (air) cavalry were there but unfortunately were too late to save 'scalps' but did manage to wipe out all the `Indians'. It takes a different spin to pro-war propaganda and as a totally internal piece of American propaganda, I though it was very interesting and well worth watching. Quite brave really for Redford, true it did not go `all the way' with its anti-war message but it did get it across without alienating the `other' side. As such, it is a good political statement for US consumption.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Mason on 21 Dec 2009
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It is a bit ironic that a film attacking propaganda should be propaganda itself.

It is an interesting view of the "liberal" side of American politics, that the belief in American omnipotence is unwavering, irrespective of left or right.

The film attacks the war on terror as a waste of human life rather than attacking the basic precepts on what it is based. 9/11 was a convenient excuse for America to get itself into the Middle East and fear is what made people believe it was ok. You would think that they would have realised that you can't win Guerilla wars unless you are prepared to shed the same level of blood as your opposition.

Perhaps the best message of the film comes from Redford's talks with his promising (God help us) student. Daring to attack the youth for their lack of ambition (apart from monetary), moral conscience and ability to realise that they are doing exactly what the establishment want, i.e to be disinterested, self-absorbed and thus no threat to governments, caught up in the endless debt-circle of dis-empowerment.
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By T. L. Rowland on 7 Jun 2014
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good film at a good price tom cruise who would miiss a chance to watch him in action again and again
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By luvstuff on 31 Aug 2013
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A well crafted cerebral film that analyses how a group of Americans view themselves and the so called war on terror. It features a great performance from Andrew Garfield as Todd Hayes, a teen who has already assumed the identity of a disillusioned cynic. Through the course of the film he realises he is something else altogether. The other characters also have to come to terms with some painful home truths and the journey to that point is quite an interesting one.

The film only suffers slightly because it feels like it doesn't go far enough in its criticism and debate on US foreign policy. It also feels a bit bogged down by a vein of self pity that runs through the film. Overall it raises some vital and important questions. The ending is particularly haunting.
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