Lions for Lambs (2007, Afghanistan War Political Drama) – 7/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Robert Redford
Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan
Producer: Robert Redford
Producer: Matthew Michael Carnahan
Producer: Andrew Hauptman
Producer: Tracy Falco
Robert Redford: Professor Stephen Malley
Meryl Streep: Janine Roth
Tom Cruise: Senator Jasper Irving
Michael Peña: Ernest Rodriguez
Andrew Garfield: Todd Hayes
Peter Berg: Lt. Col. Falco
Kevin Dunn: ANX Editor
Derek Luke: Arian Finch

Lions for Lambs (2007)

Senator Jasper Irving has implemented a new military offensive in Afghanistan and while his commanders are carrying it out, he is trying to sell it the the media to sell it to the people.


What we have here is a movie that is so conscious of being even-handed and not taking a stance that it manages to refuse to inspire debate or influence opinion. That becomes more intriguing as the movie’s tagline is "If you don’t stand for something, you might fall for anything." This is a movie that doesn’t stand for something. That said, it is a quality movie well worth watching, though the military sequence never really recovers from a moment where Derek Luke jumps out of a helicopter without a parachute (an unnecessary moment of movie-shattering stupidity). It’s a shame as the movie is otherwise superbly produced, directed and constructed and it is refreshingly crisp for this kind of movie. The other two sequences (one featuring Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, the other director Redford himself) are very good. They are interesting and easily keep the attention without being exactly thought-provoking. Redford and Cruise are superb, Streep rather less so, oddly.

This movie contains sexual swear words and graphic war violence.


Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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