Injuries sustained by two Army ranger behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor.
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 6.2/10 (27,289 voted)
Critic's Score: 47/100
Stars: Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford
Three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who's a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special forces ambushed on an Afghani ridge await rescue as Taliban forces close in; a poli-sci professor at a California college invites a promising student to re-engage. Decisions press upon the reporter, the student, and the soldiers.
Professor Stephen Malley
Senator Jasper Irving
Lt. Col. Falco
If you don't STAND for something, you might FALL for anything
Release Date: 9 November 2007
Filming Locations: Claremont, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $6,702,434
(11 November 2007)
(3 February 2008)
Did You Know?
In an interview to the Variety magazine, Tom Cruise said he had made the film out of deep respect for Robert Redford's body of work, which he said had inspired him since
Errors in geography:
When Janine is riding past the White House in the taxi near the end of the movie, her view of the White House, as represented during her passing, cannot be obtained from a taxi since those streets are closed to vehicular traffic. Also, her view of the rows of graves in Arlington Cemetery during the same sequence cannot be obtained from a taxi since the paved paths in Arlington are closed to ordinary vehicular traffic as a taxi would be.
Professor Stephen Malley:
You're good with words, Todd. But you know what would make them even better? If they had a heartbeat.
Though heavy handed, remarkably fair
Lions for Lambs is a current issue film that deals with several
relevant topics. The central plot revolves around essentially three
settings that don't directly affect each other through action. They do
however affect each other through course of action presented in debate.
Cruise plays Jasper Irving, a GOP senator with a new plan of action for
the war on terror. Streep is a veteran reporter who is interviewing
him. Simultaneously, Redford is a college professor who has called a
student into his office. A conflict in Afghanistan is taking place
which is linked to the aforementioned plot lines.
Lions for Lambs surprised me with it's balance. I'm an open Republican,
and felt that this movie was not a cliché attack against the power that
be. The Cruise character could have been given irrefutable hatred
material. He could have been caught in a scandal. He could have
alienated others with religious furor. Instead he is real and forms
educated arguments. He seems rational, and passionate; he can also make
a turn to present himself to the public. I don't see this as an attack,
but one of the many skills politicians need to succeed. With all they
go through and the decisions they have, they don't want the mocking
that crying before the camera would carry. The left is represented by
Redford's professor and Streep's reporter. Both are treated with
rationale conviction. Neither has a clear anti-GOP agenda. Both of
these characters even go as far as to acknowledge the error in the ways
of their side. If there is a message to the film, it is that we are
being sheltered from reality. It was clear to this viewer that Redford
is stating that we are placing focus on the minuscule while matters of
true importance are treated as second rate. Surely this is something we
all can agree on in Lions for Lambs and this comes into fruition as the
Aside from the political commentary, which it makes no dance around,
this a dialog heavy film. Characters are pinned against their
situations which cause them to restrain from a course of action both
physically and metaphorically. The conversations are engaging, but it
would be arguably more favorable to allow the characters interaction. A
few additional technical merits could have gone a long way. For
example, the CGI of the Chinook helicopter was not up to par; a
memorable score and unique cinematography are also absent. The
screenplay is inherently foiled by remarkable coincidence; but there
was no way around that. At a scant 88 minutes, Lions for Lambs is quick
to get to the point but it is over too fast. These miscues keep it from
perfection. Served as they are, Lions for Lambs is thinking person's
film that comes highly recommended.