Thursday, November 8, 2007

Lions For Lambs

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While watching Lions For Lambs my first thought was how suited the film would be to the stage. There's a didactic spine that runs through its short running time that would make more sense coming out of the mouths of stage characters, in and of themselves never as real as film characters.
What the film has to say rings true, makes sense, and in the long run provies the main reason to see the film. But the lasting impact is less than a typical newscast filled with opposing talking heads.
Different story strands are woven into the overall film: A senator pitching a pro-war story to a female cable news reporter; a professor trying to politically inspire what he feels is a gifted student, two soldiers confront a Taliban regiment in the mountains of Afghanistan.
There's a momentum to watching all these events unfold but it's hardly any suprises when the final cards are dealt. A tony cast includes Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep and Robert Redford (who also directed).

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