Becky and I went to see Lions for Lambs last night at the AMC theaters in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with our friends Rod and Kimberly. The Yahoo website at Lions for Lambs describes the movie as follows:
“Two determined students at a West Coast University, Arian and Ernest, follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor, Dr. Malley, 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…”
Lions for Lambs was worse than the low expectations I had for the film going into it. It started out half interesting with three different characters, a news reporter for a major television network played my Meryl Streep; a politician wanting to gain the White House, played by Tom Cruise; and a University professor of political science trying to have an impact on his students, played by Robert Redford. Each of these people saw the War on Terror in a different way and they were all trying to offer solutions to the problem on an individual level based on their roles in life.
Bring in two bright students from the professor’s class who joined the Special Forces to make a difference, instead of going on to Graduate School. They get shot down over Afghanistan on a covert military operation put in place by the aspiring politician. We learn about their goals in life to change the world and change America from the professor who explains their lives and the mistake they’ve made going into the military to another student in his class.
Fast forward about an hour or so and the audience sees the injuries of the two hero’s in the film and their fight for life with the enemy as they run out of bullets and are eventually killed in battle. The movie ends and the credits role with everyone leaving the theater feeling like they just wasted their time. Yes, that’s how stupid this movie really is. As our friend Rod put it, “It’s like it ended in Chapter 3 of Chapter 10.”
There was nothing to this movie other than some anti-war, anti-American hype. The message is given to us by three actors who can scoot around the world on their private jets, get every amenity in life for self-indulgence that they desire from the profits they make from films like this one and then complain about the problems with materialism and capitalism in America and abroad. It’s an amazing form of modern hypocrisy.
Lions for Lambs pulled in about $7 million over the weekend, so I wonder how much of that profit will go to pay for new schools in the inner city since the actors are so anti-captalism. I think we all know the answer. For all the talk about “action” in this film – there was none.
It’s a ridiculous movie that went nowhere and was a complete waste of time. We all know that politicians lie, journalists no longer report the truth, youth is foolish, but now we can add to that list that good actors don’t know how to pass on a terrible script.
John – * Don’t Bother
Becky – * Don’t Bother
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