Lions for Lambs
Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise star in “Lions for Lambs,” 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 (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 (Cruise), is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist (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.
This film could best be described as a day in the war on Iraq. The film follows three characters during the course of one pivotal day in the war on terror. While films like this can be hard to follow, how each of the characters are connected is thoughtfully done. Each of the high profile actors and actresses perform superbly and lend an air of credit to what could be described as just another political drama.
This film was not awarded the Dove Seal as a family-friendly movie. The language throughout the film was offensive and was unnecessary. There were some scenes of violence but the bloody depiction of soldiers’ wounds was overly graphic. Overall, this had the capacity of being a great political drama for older children and parents to enjoy, but the language and graphic depiction of injury made that impossible.