Lions for Lambs (2007) Movie Review

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Lions for Lambs

Director: Robert Redford

Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan (Screenplay)


Plot: Injuries sustained by two Army rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Lions for Lambs starts as Senator Jasper Irving (Cruise) agrees to give journalist Janine Roth (Streep) an exclusive interview. The interview gives his stance on the Afghanistan war and America’s involvement in it. Meanwhile, two soldiers Rodriguez (Pena) and Finch (Luke) get lost behind enemy lines. Elsewhere, Professor Malley (Redford) is challenging student Todd Hayes (Garfield) on understanding his role in discussing the military involvement in Afghanistan.

As the cornerstones are placed, we see the events that led to the soldier getting lost in the enemy lines. Gives us a bigger discussion about the American’s involvement in the middle east war.

Verdict on Lions for Lambs

Lions for Lambs is a thriller drama that brings the discussions about America’s involvement in the conflict in Iraq/Afghanistan war. It offers the discussion from a couple of points of view, a senator doing what he thinks is right. A reporter that doesn’t agree with him. Two soldiers that get caught behind enemy lines and a professor teaching a student about choices in life.

This ends up feeling very slow, never really getting going because none of the conversations felt like they were deep enough. They all felt like basic conversations that didn’t want to take about the bigger issue. The story drags along despite the star power involved in the film.

Final Thoughts Lions for Lambs is a slow drama that doesn’t seem to get going.

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