Monday, November 12, 2007

Movie Review – Tom Cruise’s Lions for Lambs

I watched the movie last weekend. “Lions for Lambs” is a 90-minute movie of intense and rather intellectual dialogues between the different characters – Senator Irving (Tom Cruise) and a journalist named Janine (Meryl Streep), the same actor in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada”.

“Lions For Lambs” is really a movie of more talk than action. It attempts to expose the truth that is nothing new to many people: The politicians who defend their ideals with plastic faces, the media companies that work with the government on the war of propaganda, the soldiers (lions) who fight for the country that does not even take care of them in the first place and also activists who try to motivate the politically apathetic citizens(lambs) like the “ace” student Todd.

In my opinion, it’s not that the scripts are so poorly-written but dialogues are too loaded. It tries to explain the US foreign policy on war on terrorism but too much conversations are presented at one go in such a short period of time without allowing the audience to absorb and internalise them. I suspect a good portion of the audience probably found the movie quite boring and they were probably stunned by the abrupt ending. I would grade it a 2.5 stars out of 5. Watch the trailer below to decide if you want to watch it this weekend.

Update: One of the six US presidential candidates, Democrat Mr Barack Obama mentioned that the Iraq war "should have never been authorised and should have never been waged", contrary to this US foreign policy which the Republicans are in support of.


khairul neezam said...

I watched it too. Intellectually challenging with all those western lingos. It's the same old shit again, I guess nothing's new. Ending was crap, but the girl on teevee was hawt.

I shouldve watched Game Plan instead. Bloody waste of money.

James Chia said...

Ha! I didn't expect the movie to be so propagandistic.