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Two determined students follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan, their professor is both moved and distraught. Now, as they fight for survival in the field, they become the string that binds together two disparate stories on opposite sides of America.
Drama - This is a slow, talky drama that feels longer than its 90 minutes.
Fans of Tom Cruise may be disappointed by his limited screen time
here. Those expecting more of a war film will be disappointed.
Tom Cruise MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, WAR OF THE WORLDS Meryl Streep RENDITION, THE ANT BULLY, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Robert Redford CHARLOTTE'S WEB, AN UNFINISHED LIFE, THE CLEARING Michael Pena SHOOTER, WORLD TRADE CENTER Derek Luke CATCH A FIRE, GLORY ROAD, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Dir/Prod: Robert Redford THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE, THE HORSE WHISPERER
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 60 moviegoers:This movie was not well attended. We could collect only 60 reviews at several showings.
TEENS:Only one of the three teens enjoyed "Lions for Lambs."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:All five males enjoyed it. Only one of them rated it as low as "Good." Only half of the four females enjoyed it. The other two rated it below average.
ADULTS:The male and female reviews are very similar and very disappointing, especially considering the star power and budget of this movie. There are almost no real high reviews and quite a few very low reviews. That's not good. Clearly, most rated it as an average to above average movie which, from my years of experience at this, indicates a movie that you will be somewhat disappointed in, especially if you pay full ticket price. A lower price matinee may be the best bet here.
The story begins after two determined students at a West Coast University, Arian (Derek Luke) and Ernest (Michael Pena), follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor, Dr. Malley (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 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. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. the charismatic Presidential hopeful, Senator Jasper Irving (Cruise), is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist (Streep) that may affect Arian and Ernest's fates. 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.