Lions for Lambs

Lions for Lambs

Blu-ray Disc - 2009
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Arian and Ernest are two determined students from a California university who follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor, Dr. Malley, and attempt to do something important with their lives. They make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan. Malley is both moved and distraught. In Afghanistan, Arian and Ernest must fight for survival in the field. In California, the anguished Dr. Malley attempts to reach a privileged but disaffected student who is the very opposite of Arian and Ernest. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., Senator Jasper Irving, the charismatic Presidential hopeful, is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist that may affect the fate of Arian and Ernest.

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Palomino
Mar 19, 2019

I'm not sure it succeeded, but I'm glad it tried. The actors are very well cast, the premise is heavy stuff, the ending is unexpected.

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jimg2000
Nov 27, 2018

Three sets of persuasive perspectives on the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan as of 2007 when the film was released. It is 2018 now, and the US military are still at it while the public/press/politicians/generals are as divided on US/NATO strategy in Afghanistan, more than 16 years after the war started. A huge money pit for our tax dollars not to mention the misery the war has scarred humanity. A good watch while waiting for "The Looming Tower 2018."

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firefly5
Sep 06, 2017

Three stories are told in this movie. One is the consequences of war, another is the consequence of not fully applying oneself to a commitment to college and the other story is between an ambitious senator and a journalist with morals. I found it very interesting but did wish that the movie would stay a little longer on some of the story and a little less on other parts. Great acting. Tom Cruise is perfect as the senator. Meryl Streep is a great journalist, Robert Redford as always, is wonderful and Andrew Garfield is perfect as the arrogant and slightly smart-alecky student.

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JackPurcell
Sep 26, 2015

A movie worth a watch. Nothing great, but it does provide a somewhat different look at one of the ways we might view our lives.

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hammer59
Dec 09, 2014

Strong film. Recommended.

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rslade
Sep 20, 2014

The professor pontificates, the reporter is a wimp, the soldiers get killed because of bad intel. Cruise is actually perfect in his role, because he is just mouthing words other people have prepared. His part is the most interesting because it points out how well politicians work with rhetoric, rather than facts or meaning, to present an image and deflect analysis.

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gemini07
Jun 22, 2012

The movie portrays the intersection of war with media, politics,and education. It depicts engagement, involvement, and personal responsibility(or lack of) in world events. The lack of "essence of character has allowed the nation to become apathetic".

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joseph
Jul 17, 2008

Watchable but I'm not sure what this movie tried to be. The dialogue sounded forced especially by Robert Redford. Cruise seemed miscast in the picture as well. It's basically a commentary on U.S. foreign policy and what America "should" stand up for. Roger Ebert gave this one 2.5 stars.

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Jul 18, 2008

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jimg2000
Nov 27, 2018

Good ones in IMDb already, thanks to the contributors:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0891527/quotes/?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

This exchange is partially quoted in imdb:

Afghan terrain demands that small specialized teams establish forward operating points.
-I've heard of "forward operating bases," but not "forward operating points." "Point" sounds smaller than "base."
Because it is. What? Just, come on, say it.
-Sorry, no. I just... It also sounds like Pentagonese for "bait."
Janine. It's not like we're putting one or two guys on the mountain here. All right? But small is how we fight now.
-Says the man in the air-conditioned room.
This is a fight that we're in. And, unfortunately, civilizations do not sustain themselves through non-violent responses.
-What does that mean? Are you going to now forgo diplomacy and State Department treaties, too?
We were attacked. You do not respond to an attack with diplomacy. Bin Laden's idea of diplomacy is not filming the beheadings.
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