Lions for Lambs Review

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
November 8th, 2007

Starring Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
Directed by Robert Redford.

Lions for Lambs is a movie about... War? Peace? Motivation? Laziness? I'm not too sure. Watch the movie trailer and maybe that will help.

The running time of the movie was around 80 minutes. I felt like I was watching an extended short film that would never end. Actually, it did end, but without an ending. Confused? So was I.

The movie basically evolves around 3 different stories: A political science professor who is adamantly trying to motive his apathetic, "has potential" student. A journalist who is covering the "war on terror" and being pushed by a Senator to "tell the truth." And two former college students who enlisted and are wounded and trapped in the middle of a snowy valley while the enemy closes in.

The actors did a decent job of portraying their characters and, on several occasions, convinced me that what I was watching was something bigger than it turned out to be. I felt that the film's story was lacking and that everything it had to offer was lost in the compressed/dialogue-dense mess.

After the film, the audience had a chance to respond and this is what some of them had to say:

"The characters all seemed like stick figures with agendas."

"I felt like I was reading a newspaper article on war."

"Tom Cruise is bullshit."

In the end, I don't really recommend this movie. I hate having to say that, but it's true. I wish there was something I could do to make it better, but there isn't.

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  • mel

    hahaha. probably not a good idea for MGM to try to promote an “intellectual” war film in a liberal college town. love the review! love the site!

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