Robert Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep deliver "three knockout performances" (Vue Weekly) in this powerful story about how the decision makers at the top affect American soldiers on the ground half a world away.
An idealistic professor (Redford), a charismatic U.S. Senator (Cruise) and a probing TV journalist (Streep) have opposing viewpoints about the actions of our nation and the attitudes of its citizens. But the human consequences of war become chillingly clear for two of the professor's former students, who find themselves trapped behind enemy lines, fighting for freedom... and their very lives.
**Commentary by Director Robert Redford
**The Making of Lions for Lambs
**Script to Screen
**Trailer Farm: Lions for Lambs Teaser Trailer, Lions for Lambs Trailer
Cast & Crew
It means to use the Cruise-Redford-Streep star power to get us talking about things we ought to be talking about.
It's definitely flawed but I am recommending it.
It's a fictional tale that has the immediacy of something hot off the presses -- something raw and clunky, but plugged into the moment - with characters talking about the same things people are talking about outside the theater.
Unlike other recent dramas such as Rendition, the film never feels like it's preaching. Instead, it just urges: Whatever you believe, do something.
Lions for Lambs marks Robert Redford's seventh film as director...and it's certainly not his best. But I'll say this for it: It's his bravest.