Lions For Lambs Film Review - Who is leading who?

Interweaving three different but very related stories, Lion for Lambs is a powerful and gripping story that digs behind the news, the politics and a nation divided to explore the human consequences of a complicated war. 

the poster

Directed by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, the story begins after two determined students at a West Coast University, Arian ( DEREK LUKE) and Ernest ( MICHAEL PEÑA), follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor, Dr. Malley ( ROBERT REDFORD), and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan, Malley is both moved and distraught. Now, as Arian and Ernest fight for survival in the field, they become the string that binds together the other two disparate stories on opposite sides of America. \

In California, an anguished Dr. Malley attempts to reach a privileged but disaffected student ( ANDREW GARFIELD) who is the very opposite of Arian and Ernest. 

"The Professor" Redford

While in Washington D.C. the charismatic Presidential hopeful, Senator Jasper Irving ( TOM CRUISE), is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist ( MERYL STREEP) that may affect Arian and Ernest’s fates. 

Tom Cruise (Senator) gives Meryl Streep (journalist) a secret scoop.

As arguments, memories and bullets fly, the three stories are woven ever more tightly together, revealing how each of these Americans has a profound impact on each other and the world.

"Senator" Cruise

Written by: Matthew Michael Carnahan, also author of THE KINGDOM, and directed by Robert Redford, the film is a scathing indictment against the political powers manipulating the press and the lives that are being wasted in this war of lies.

Robert Redford and Tom Cruise at the opening

Produced by: Daniel Lupi, Robert Redford, Andrew Hauptman, Tracy Falco, Matthew Michael Carnaham this film will leave you silent and thinking.  It was a movie that spoke to many people of how we had been manipulated into this war and how so many of our young are dying over there for the ego of certain politicians.

I don't think that even the writer had an inkling of the impact this film would have on

The opening night presentation at AFI garned numerous stars coming out to pay their respects on the red carpet and dozens of fans lining up for the show.  Tom Cruise and his wife, Katie, along with Meryl Strep walked the carpet along with actors, directors, musicians, music supervisors, and even movie grips as the papperazzi snapped photos galore. 

Five movies showed that night but Lions For Lambs was by far the most popular. 

The theatre was packed for this first showing of the film and many were turned away. 

Michael Pena and Derek Luke - two misguided soldiers

After the movie, an elite few were invited for cocktails and partying on the roof top of the Archlight where tents had been set up for parties, press, and just hanging out.  Security was tight and if you did not have the proper credentials you were not let anywhere near the party.  Those who did get in were greeted by the stars and treated to intimate stories of the movie's making.

As time has told, the feature has already garnered a large share of the market and probably will continue to do so for some time.

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