Lions for Lambs

Lions for Lambs

DVD - 2008
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Two determined California college students, Arian and Ernest, follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor, Dr. Malley, and attempt to do something important with their lives. The two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan. Dr. Malley is both moved and distraught. Now, as Arian and Ernest fight for survival in the field and the human consequences of war becomes clear for these two students trapped behind enemy lines. They become the string that binds together the two opposite sides of America. In California, the anguished Dr. Malley attempts to reach a privileged but disaffected student who is the very opposite of Arian and Ernest. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. the charismatic presidential hopeful, Senator Jasper Irving, is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist that just might affect Arian and Ernest's fates

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firefly5
Sep 06, 2017

Three stories are told in this movie. One is the consequences of war, another is the consequence of not fully applying oneself to a commitment to college and the other story is between an ambitious senator and a journalist with morals. I found it very interesting but did wish that the movie would stay a little longer on some of the story and a little less on other parts. Great acting. Tom Cruise is perfect as the senator. Meryl Streep is a great journalist, Robert Redford as always, is wonderful and Andrew Garfield is perfect as the arrogant and slightly smart-alecky student.

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JackPurcell
Sep 26, 2015

A movie worth a watch. Nothing great, but it does provide a somewhat different look at one of the ways we might view our lives.

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hammer59
Dec 09, 2014

Strong film. Recommended.

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rslade
Sep 20, 2014

The professor pontificates, the reporter is a wimp, the soldiers get killed because of bad intel. Cruise is actually perfect in his role, because he is just mouthing words other people have prepared. His part is the most interesting because it points out how well politicians work with rhetoric, rather than facts or meaning, to present an image and deflect analysis.

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gemini07
Jun 22, 2012

The movie portrays the intersection of war with media, politics,and education. It depicts engagement, involvement, and personal responsibility(or lack of) in world events. The lack of "essence of character has allowed the nation to become apathetic".

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joseph
Jul 17, 2008

Watchable but I'm not sure what this movie tried to be. The dialogue sounded forced especially by Robert Redford. Cruise seemed miscast in the picture as well. It's basically a commentary on U.S. foreign policy and what America "should" stand up for. Roger Ebert gave this one 2.5 stars.

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joseph
Jul 18, 2008

joseph thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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