Film Review: Lions for Lambs

9 Nov

Plot: A powerful and gripping story that digs behind the news, the politics and a nation divided to explore the human consequences of a complicated war. Directed by Academy Award winner Robert Redford, the story begins after two determined students at a West Coast University, Arian (Derek Luke) and Ernest (Michael Pena), follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor, Dr. Malley (Robert Redford), and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan, Malley is both moved and distraught. Now, as Arian and Ernest fight for survival in the field, they become the string that binds together two disparate stories on opposite sides of America.

In California, an anguished Dr. Malley attempts to reach a privileged but disaffected student (Andrew Garfield) who is the very opposite of Arian and Ernest. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. the charismatic Presidential hopeful, Senator Jasper Irving (Tom Cruise), is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist (Meryl Streep) that may affect Arian and Ernest’s fates. As arguments, memories and bullets fly, the three stories are woven ever more tightly together, revealing how each of these Americans has a profound impact on each other and the world.

Redford. Streep. Cruise. In one movie. Three good enough reasons why anyone should  go and see this film. Don’t be put off by the political theme, or that it’s very American, as regardless of what you believe in, or which side you’re on, you will come away still seriously thinking about this film and you can’t help but ask, where is this world gone to?

It was a real treat to see three cinema greats in one film together and just how solid all their performances were.  I have to agree with Filmstalker’s review that Redford should really do more acting as he is still very good at it. Streep was flawless as always, and as for Cruise, he did one helluva job playing the true politician – one minute likable and agreeable, then one minute arrogant and manipulative. And he isn’t running for President!

Despite the heavy conversations which is really about 80% of the movie, it’s still a good use of your 90 minutes. It was that compelling and explosive that I felt maybe another 20 minutes wouldn’t hurt. I suppose the idea was to provoke one’s thoughts after the credits have rolled, and provoke it did. I am glad it didn’t overpreach either as I am tired and fed up with all that.

Lions for Lambs: 3.5/5 

2 Responses to “Film Review: Lions for Lambs”

  1. N!cE November 19, 2007 at 6:14 am #

    We’ll try to watch this movie if we can hipag. 🙂

  2. Simone November 19, 2007 at 4:23 pm #

    And let me know what you think!

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