04 Jan

Lions for Lambs

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Grade: C+

Robert Redford directs Lions for Lambs, and stars as a University of California Political Science Professor.  Meryl Streep is a political reporter for a CNN like station.  Tom Cruise is the senator who is pegged as the Republican’s future leader.  Michael Pe�a and Derek Luke are young soldiers who have faith in our country and plans to make it better.

Three storylines intersect to comment on the current war situation.  The professor brings in a student for a chat – the student is disillusioned and unmotivated, but the professor sees something in him and wants him to achieve more, to step up and care more.  He tells the story of two of his students who did just that, by going against his advice and signing up to serve in the army.

At the same time, the two soldiers are off to fight this new, secret mission, the bright idea of Cruise’s senator.  The soldiers fall out of a helicopter and are left to fend for themselves in enemy territory.

And simultaneously, the senator is pitching his “save the world” strategy with the reporter, asking for her help in getting the word out that this idea is viable, and the solution that has been long sought to end the war.

Redford doesn’t have to work too hard on the acting end, he’s mentoring, which comes naturally.  As the senator, Cruise is smug, snarkily so, not winning over any fans with his transparent smile.  Not much of a stretch.  Meryl Streep stands out, conflicted over her part in this sham, feeling guilty, and used.  Michael Pe�a and Derek Luke are amazing – look for leading men roles for both of them in the future.

The movie is very dialogue heavy – lots and lots of talking.  Some war violence.

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