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Lions for Lambs

Lions for Lambs
Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Andrew Garfield, Derek Luke, Michael Pena

Rated: R or some war violence and language
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: November 9, 2007 Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.

If you've ever watched CNN or Fox news, you've probably seen arguments for and against U.S. policy on fighting the war on terror and most likely those discussions have exhibited more feelings than shown here.

Robert Redford directs and stars in this political drama that is separated into three related stories. The first takes place in Republican Senator Jasper Irving's (Tom Cruise) Washington office. He's trying to persuade Janine Roth (Meryl Streep), a cynical and very skeptical veteran T.V. journalist, to write a story about a secret new war initiative in Afghanistan; one that he's sure will turn things around and give our soldiers the upper hand in combat.

The second setting is inside Professor Malley's (Redford) office at a California University. He's attempting to reignite a fire under a once-eager student (Andrew Garfield). Malley tells him about two of his favorite students (Derek Luke and Michael Pena) who disappointed him by leaving school and joining the military.

The last story is set in Afghanistan where those two soldiers are caught up fighting as part of the Senator's battle plan.

The film is interesting and Redford's performance is thoughtful. Cruise does a good job selling his point of view, but Streep on the other hand, seems to be playing herself, and her exaggerated facial expressions are distracting.

Lyons for Lambs isn't a bad film, it just lacks real passion. Surprisingly, given director Redford's strong anti-war political beliefs, it leaves you feeling indifferent.

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